Donald Trump’s Iraq-Iran war, parody song


This 5 January 2019 satiric musical video from Britain is called Frank Sinatrump – Yuge War, Yuge War.

It is a parody of the song New York, New York by Frank Sinatra.

It says about itself:

Donald Trump‘s Frank Sinatra tribute act sings of the oncoming war with Iran.

LYRICS:

Start sending the troops
Get ‘em leaving today
I wanna be the start of it
Yuge war, yuge war

These larger-than-average-sized hands
Are longing to push
The big red button on my desk
Yuge war, yuge war

I wanna wake up to a muffin with sausage meat
And find I’m still President
King of the Tweets

Those barrels of oil
Are wasting away
Let’s get ‘em outta Iranistan
Yuge war, yuge war

If I can blow up there
I’ll blow up everywhere
It’s up to me
Yuge war, yuge war

Trump threatens destruction of ancient Iranian monuments


This December 2016 video says about itself:

The Shah Mosque (Persian: مسجد شاه), also known as Imam Mosque (Persian: مسجد امام), renamed after the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and Jaame’ Abbasi Mosque, is a mosque in Isfahan, Iran, standing in the south side of Naghsh-e Jahan Square. Built during the Safavid period, ordered by the first Shah Abbas of Persia.

View of the Mosque from Naqsh-e Jahan Square

It is regarded as one of the masterpieces of Iranian architecture and an excellent example of Islamic era architecture of Iran. The Shah Mosque of Isfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran. It is registered, along with the Naghsh-e Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction began in 1611, and its splendour is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-colour mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions.

The mosque is depicted on the reverse of the Iranian 20,000 rials banknote.

In 2007, the United States George W Bush administration threatened this beautiful ancient mosque with destruction.

Today, Dutch NOS radio reports (translated):

The United States has selected 52 Iranian targets to be attacked if Iran launches an attack on Americans or US possessions. President Trump writes in a series of tweets about the liquidation of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on Friday.

According to Trump, some of the selected goals are “very important for Iran and Iranian culture”.

I would not be surprised if the Isfahan mosque is on that list of destruction by Donald Trump.

Recently, first a missile killed a soldier of fortune mercenary at a United States military base in Iraq. Without providing evidence, the Trump administration blamed that attack on an Iraqi Shiite militia, part of the Iraqi armed forces, and on Iranian general Soleimani.

As revenge, the Trump administration killed scores of people in air raids on Iraq, Syria and Somalia. Implying that the equivalent of the life of one United States mercenary is supposedly the lives of scores of Iraqis, Syrians and Somalis.

As a reaction, thousands of Iraqis protested at the United States Baghdad embassy. They threw water bottles. United States Marines fired tear gas and stun grenades at them. No one was killed. The embassy itself was not invaded. The demonstrators went away.

As revenge for that demonstration, the Trump administration killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and other ‘collateral damage’ people about whom the corporate media don’t tell much, at Baghdad international civilian airport.

Now, maybe there will come revenge violence for that from the Iranian regime as part of a circle of violence maybe leading to nuclear war.

I would not be surprised if the Trump administration would not wait with destruction of the Isfahan mosque and the 51 other targets in Iran until the Iranian government would really retaliate violently. After all, they killed scores of Iraqis, Syrians and Somalis without providing any proof that they were connected to the death of that one United States mercenary. Etc. Just like the Isfahan mosque and people inside it are unconnected to that death.

‘Get Out Of Iraq’ – US Abandons Citizens After Its Terror Attack: here.

Londoners demonstrate against Trump’s Iraq-Iran war


This 4 January video from the Evening Standard daily in England says about itself:

Hundreds protest against threat of war with Iran following death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani

Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell has criticised the [Conservative] Government’s response to the Iran crisis as he joined protesters at a Stop the War Coalition demonstration outside Downing Street.

Mr McDonnell and his colleague shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon are among demonstrators who are calling for the US to avoid any further conflict with Iran.

“We’ve been here before, we were here 17 years ago. And there’s one lesson that came from those events, is that violence begets violence”, Mr McDonnell said.

“And it was acts like this that led us to the catastrophic war in Iraq.”

THE assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani by the United States means 2020 begins with the risk of a devastating Middle Eastern war coming closer than ever. This targeted killing was not just a “provocative and disproportionate action,” as US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi describes it — though the fact that even right-wing Democrats (from Joe Biden to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate Tim Kaine) are voicing concern over “escalating aggression” and attacking President Donald Trump for having “tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox” shows just how reckless it was: here.

Trump endorses tweet comparing top Senate Democrat to Iranians: here.

Pompeo: European response to Suleimani killing ‘not helpful enough’. US secretary of state unfavourably compares European reaction with [Saudi] ‘partners in the region’: here.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders oppose Trump’s Iraq-Iran war


This 3 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Trump Iran Attack: “Now is the moment to decide if you are pro-peace

Earlier this afternoon, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned Donald Trump’s attack on Iranian General Qassem Soleimaniin Baghdad, because the attack on Suleimani was undertaken without the necessary congressional approval and oversight.

But Alexandria Ocasio Cortez made other key points, which is that powerful forces will tell you there is no alternative but conflict with Iran, when the reality is that peace is possible. She also noted–like Bernie Sanders has done–that “War is a class conflict, too. The rich and powerful who open war escape the consequences of their decisions. It’s not their children sent into the jaws of violence.”

It’s good to see AOC take a stand against Trump and for peace.

This 3 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders And Ro Khanna Introduce Bill to Block Trump War on Iran

In light of Donald Trump’s attack on Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Bernie Sanders and Ro Khanna have proposed legislation that would block funding for any offensive military force in or against Iran without prior congressional authorization. This is because many felt Trump’s unilateral attack on Iran general Soleimani
was unconstitutional, and as such, he needs to be reined in by congress.

It’s working-class kids who will have to fight and die in a disastrous new Middle East conflict—not the children of billionaires“.

FEARS are growing in the Democratic Party establishment that Bernie Sanders could become their presidential nominee, as party grandees started to round on the Vermont senator: here.

This 3 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders continues to warn of Trump-Iran war escalation. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report.

This 3 January 2020 video about Canada says about itself:

Earlier today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and NDP MP Charlie Angus critiqued Donald Trump’s attack on Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad as an act of aggression against Iran, and expressed a desire to take an approach against further conflict. Justin Trudeau has yet to speak, but Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne took the same hedge-betting approach that Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren took, which was to call Suleimani a bad guy, critique the Quds Force, and worry about procedure.

But Singh and Angus took a clear line like Bernie Sanders: This is a foolish move that is an act of aggression on Iran, and will harm Americans and Iranians. Jagmeet Singh is the leader Canada needs on this issue.

Bernie Sanders says stop Trump’s Iraq-Iran war


This 3 January 2020 Bloomberg news video from the USA says about itself:

‘This Is Not a Game:’ 2020 Democrats React to Qassem Soleimani Assassination

While on the campaign trail, 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg

so, even Buttigieg of the right wing of the Democratic party

and Tulsi Gabbard, sounded off on the killing of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. airstrike, universally condemning the Trump administration for a “dangerous escalation that brings us closer to another disastrous war.”

From Axios.com in the USA today, by Orion Rummler:

Sanders, Ro Khanna push to block funds for military force against Iran

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on Friday to introduce legislation that “blocks Pentagon funding for any unilateral actions” taken by President Trump “to wage war against Iran without congressional authorization.” …

Both Democrats and Republicans — such as Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) — have criticized Trump for not obtaining congressional approval for the strike.

Flashback: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said earlier on Friday that he considers the strike an “act of aggression against Iraq” that would “light the fuse of war.”

“We know that it will ultimately be the children of working-class families who will have to fight and die in a new Middle East conflict—not the children of the billionaire class.

…The House and Senate should pass our legislation immediately and uphold our constitutional responsibilities. We must invest in the needs of the American people, not spend trillions more on endless wars.”

Bernie Sanders and Ro Khanna’s Friday statement

Anti-Trump’s Iraq war protest London today


This 3 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

It appears that Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, knew in advance about the unauthorized assassination of Iranian Quds leader Qassim Soleimani, publishing a strange tweet and subsequently deleting it.

So, Trump told his son about this assassination; but did not tell the government of Iraq where that bloody attack happened, and did not tell his British government ‘allies’.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Friday, January 3, 2020

Trump’s drone assassination of Iranian general raises tensions to boiling point, campaigners warn

Stop the War Coalition calls for anti-war protest outside Downing Street at 2pm on Saturday

THE assassination of Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani, has raised tensions in the Middle East to boiling point, anti-war campaigners have warned.

Stop the War Coalition has called a demonstration outside Downing Street at 2pm on Saturday under the heading No War with Iran.

The commander of the elite Quds Force, who led Tehran’s military operations in the Middle East, was targeted by the United States in a drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport early today and Iran and its allies are calling for a “harsh vengeance.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “The US assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is an extremely serious and dangerous escalation of conflict in the Middle East with global significance.

“The UK government should urge restraint on the part of both Iran and the US, and stand up to the belligerent actions and rhetoric coming from the United States.

“All countries in the region and beyond should seek to ratchet down the tensions to avoid deepening conflict, which can only bring further misery to the region, 17 years on from the disastrous invasion of Iraq.”

Labour MP Richard Burgon warned that US President Donald Trump’s is risking engagement in a war with Iran that would be “even worse than that on Iraq.”

Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey called for a de-escalation of tensions and resistance against “any rush to war.”

She said: “With this assassination, President Trump is pushing us to the brink of another disastrous war that would cost countless lives, further destabilise the region and make us all less safe.”

Stop the War Coalition’s Lindsey German called the killing of Gen Soleimani “an act of war by Donald Trump”, and said the act violated all agreements with the Iraqi government.”

She said: “Trump has been heading for war since tearing up the nuclear deal with Iran, and, if he succeeds, will create a bigger war than we have seen in the Middle East. It will draw in major players across the region including Israel, Saudi Arabia and possibly Russia.

“This is the bloody result of two decades of war started by the US after 9/11.

“Those of us who said war in Iraq would lead to endless conflict and misery were absolutely right to do so.

“And those who justified those wars are now looking on while the situation escalates.”

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called for a de-escalation of tensions, adding that further conflict “is in none of our interests.”

Chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the last parliament Tom Tugendhat suggested that the US had neglected to warn the British government about the airstrike.

And while Labour MP Stella Creasey called for MPs to immediately return to Parliament, there was no response from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, busy celebrating New Year on the private Caribbean island of Mustique.

Labour’s shadow secretary Emily Thornberry called Mr Raab’s statement insufficient and criticised the PM for having “pathetically unopposed” Mr Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later thanked Mr Raab for recognising the “aggressive threats posed” by the Quds Force during a phone conversation between the pair.

Mr Trump, who tweeted an image of the US flag shortly after the strike, later said that Gen Soleimani was “plotting to kill” many US citizens and that “he should have been taken out many years ago.”

But US Senator Bernie Sanders said he would do “everything in [his] power” to prevent a war with Iran and would “apologise to no-one.”

The presidential hopeful, competing for the Democrat nomination, said: “Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars.

“Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one.”

General Soleimani and Iranian and Iraqi advisers were leaving Baghdad airport in two cars when they were hit by the US strike near a cargo area. Several missiles struck the convoy and, according to Iranian state TV, at least 10 people are believed to have died.

The [Iranian opposition] Association for Defence of Peace, Solidarity & Democracy warned that any war on Iran would inevitably strengthen the grip of its theocratic regime “and thus weaken the people’s struggle for human and democratic rights and social justice.”

Murdoch’s Fox News supports Trump’s Iraq warmongering


This 3 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Geraldo DESTROYS Fox News Warmongering

Geraldo destroys Fox News panel, which has no answers, for warmongering. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report.

“Geraldo: Don’t for a minute start cheering this on, what we have done, what we have unleashed — Kilmeade: I will cheer it on. I am elated. Geraldo: Then you, like Lindsey Graham, have never met a war you didn’t like. Kilmeade: That is not true, don’t even say that.”

British Conservative criticizes Trump’s Iraq assassination


This 3 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

U.S. Killing of Soleimani Is Major Escalation, Could Spark “Another Round of Civil War” in Iraq

After the United States assassinated Iranian commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in a major escalation of the conflict between Iran and the United States, which now threatens to engulf Iraq and the Middle East, we get response from Iraqi journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, who says the U.S. killing of Soleimani was reckless. “Did anyone consult Iraqis about the assassination of Qassem Soleimani on Iraqi soil?” he asks. “We don’t want another round of civil war.”

We also hear from Iranian scholar Trita Parsi, who is executive vice president of the Quincy Institute; Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California; Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies; and Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi who is the diplomatic correspondent for the U.K.-based Independent newspaper.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Britain had not been informed about the US air raid on Soleimani [at Baghdad international airport in Iraq], says [Conservative] MP Tom Tugendhat. He is the British committee of Foreign Affairs chairman. Tugendhat is not happy, according to The Guardian, that one of their greatest allies is not informing them.

“I’ve long believed that the purpose of having allies is that we can surprise our enemies and not each other, and it’s been a pattern, sadly, which has been a bit of a shame, that the US administration of late has not shared with us, and that is a matter of concern.”

Nevertheless, one should fear that Mr Tugendhat’s fellow Conservative, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will behave as Donald Trump’s poodle on Trump’s escalation; like Johnson’s Conservative predecessor, Theresa May, was Trump’s poodle when Trump bombed Syria.