The unprovoked assassination of Soleimani indicates to me the failure of U.S. imperial policies. After years of continued proxy war on Iran, the Iranian people still refuse to buckle.

The aggression against Iran dates back to 1953 when the CIA and British intelligence carried out the assassination of a democratically elected leader, Mosaddegh, who wished to nationalize the oil to benefit the Iranian people. Since then, it has been a non-stop harassment of that country from imposing the dictatorship of the shah to the support of Saddam Hussein’s war on Iran from 1980 to 1988. It seems to me that out of desperation, this administration resorted to illegal deadly force and essentially committed an act of war on Iran.

The resilient Iranians have fought back every adverse event and make no mistake, they will continue to do so. The U.S. is now tarnished beyond hope as no one internationally believes in the age-old sell of the U.S. being the champion of democracy and human rights. Now, it has been revealed that this government is the world’s number one bully.

In particular, Trump needs this diversionary tactic to take the populace’s mind off not only impending impeachment but also the dismal state of the economy, predicted to be even worse in 2020. The average lifespan of those in the age range of 25-64 has been declining compared to other similarly developed countries. The average worker here works twice as hard, has fewer paid days off and earns a declining wage that does not keep up with the cost of living. Most need either two jobs to survive or have two-income families. Chronic unemployment is a fact of life for some as they fall off the polls in the unemployment statistics.

Social services are slashed drastically, and welfare support pared to a minimum. The whole social and moral fabric of this society is shredding as deaths from suicides, opioids and alcohol rise, mass shootings become an accepted norm due to their frequency, hate crimes a daily occurrence and people suffer from environmental poisoning. The future generation cannot get a decent education and faces an increasingly ecologically unsustainable planet.

As one notable writer asks: “How do we help working people understand the increasingly toxic nature of the workings of the U.S. economy and build the ties of solidarity necessary to advance the struggle for system transformation?”

Dr. Kim E. Koo

Rocky Mount