Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
IS THE US ATTACK [that killed General Soleimani] GOOD OR BAD FOR WORLD PEACE?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
Anyone who thinks there is a snowball’s chance in hell that the US murder of General Soleimani will be good for peace is a terminally addled victim of the current administration’s state-run propaganda machine. The US narrative that Iran’s top general was about to do something horrible to start a war was fed to the public without a stitch of evidence to back it up and, more importantly, without positing a motive. People and nations rarely ever do anything without a motive. Why would Iran seek to kill or harm a bunch of Americans in the Middle East without a compelling reason? Actually, if Iran had wanted to retaliate against an entity, it would be Israel because Israel has been routinely firing missiles into Syria and killing Iranian fighters who are there to fight ISIS. Thus, Iran had no compelling motive to harm Americans but Israel did have a motive to smear Iran and provide the US with a phony pretext to strike at Iran, as I showed here.
Readers of US media, which gives Israeli misdeeds short to no shrift, will probably never have heard of the Israeli attacks on Iranians in Syria, but let me quote from a BBC report (Wave of Israeli strikes hit Iran's forces in Syria):
“Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011.
It has been trying to thwart what it calls Iran's "military entrenchment" there and block shipments of Iranian weapons to Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.” [No Western commentator would dare to mention that it was Hezbollah that saved Lebanon from total destruction and seizure by Israel in 2006.]
A news item from Axios, a notoriously pro-Establishment site, provides some insight into how the US (John Bolton in this case) makes decisions on “security”. In this case, the linked article describes how Bolton came up with the idea to send an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. These are obsolete tubs often described as floating coffins, which can be destroyed by missiles in a matter of minutes.
“An Israeli official told me [the author of the article] Mossad drew several scenarios for what the Iranians might be planning...”
This report that something might be happening is so typical of the propaganda fed to gullible US officials by Mossad. Listing a series of actions Iran might take is just guesswork. A 7 year old could have done the same. Yet the US Establishment considers such reports “intelligence.” Since the US administration does not state the source of its “intelligence” that Soleimani was supposedly plotting to harm Americans, this suggests it may have come from the dubious Mossad.
The old worn out Israeli excuse for murdering Iranians in Syria is that “an Iranian strike on Israel is imminent” and we therefore have the “right to defend ourselves.”
Now, honestly folks, if a strike had been “imminent,” as Israel has repeatedly claimed over the years, how is it that Israel has not been hit? And of course, since Israel is said to “have the right to defend itself,” how is it that the eminently more vulnerable unarmed Gazans and West Bankians are not allowed to defend themselves? And how is it that Lebanon’s defence forces (whether Hezbollah or official forces) does not have the right to defend their country? US media sci-fi stories swirling all around us have thoroughly disoriented most Western news consumers.
Now let me clarify those claims of “attacks on Israel”: Israel has stated on several occasions that small rockets were fired into the Golan Heights, part of which Israel claims as its own (using the old “spoils of war” saw), but claiming something doesn’t make it so. And seizing territory during a war that you yourself started does not make it yours even if you insist it is “spoils of war.” The UN does not agree. Further, the fact that the US, Israel’s sock puppet, has declared the Golan to be Israeli territory does not make it Israeli either. Golan is Syrian and the UN and most countries acknowledge it as such. The US, while pretending to be the authority on all things Middle Eastern, has the least competence of all countries to warn of things that “might happen” because most of these reports are concocted to achieve a given sinister purpose (often to harm Iran) and much of this malarkey comes from Mossad, a spy agency know for wholesale illegal assassinations (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_assassinations). Only America, home to millions of “Christian” Zionists, praises Israel for these crimes and deems Mossad a legitimate source of information.
Despite Israeli claims, rockets hitting anywhere in the Golan Heights are not hitting Israel and that country therefore has no excuse to fire missiles at the Iranians in retaliation for something that never happened!
For those inclined to believe a sourceless claim without supporting evidence by the US of an “imminent” strike on US forces by Soleimani, remember that Israel had been predicting since the early 2000s that Iran was about to develop a nuclear bomb, without ever citing any supporting evidence.
A report from a 2011 article by Reuters illustrates this:
“Israel, <...> predicted last January that Iran could have its first nuclear device in two years.”
That was 9 years ago and no evidence has surfaced of a nuclear device being developed by Iran. Now tell me why an Israeli prediction of an imminent event should be taken seriously.
But what about the US claim that Soleimani was behind the attacks on US bases that served as pretexts for the US murder?
There was no indication that Soleimani was involved in these attacks. The US led victims of its msm to believe that it was only a small group of Iranians who wanted the US out of Iraq. However, the fact that so many Iraqis participated in demonstrations that breached and badly damaged the supposedly impregnable US embassy in Baghdad and the fact that the Iraqi parliament recently voted to oust the American troops from their country is vivid proof that the desire to rid the Middle East of US influence is shared by millions, including Syrians, Iraqis, Lebanese and Iranians alike.