This is one news story that will get Donald Trump’s attention. While the rest of the world wide press is reporting all the drastic possibilities and permutations of Trump’s assassination of Qasem Soleimani, not to mention the reality of Iraq telling the U.S. to leave and Iran throwing aside the 2015 nuclear deal, the wildly popular general was laid to rest. Iran state TV is reporting that “millions” flooded the streets, but even if it’s only half a million or so, that’s more than the crowd at Trump’s inauguration and that is guaranteed to incense him. Financial Times:

Sakineh, a 70-year-old woman, struggled to keep up with the hundreds of thousands of mourners who had gathered in the streets of Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city, to pay tribute to military commander Qassem Soleimani. “But I thought even my dead body should be at the funeral,” she said, walking with difficulty. “We owe a lot to him.” The US assassination of the commander responsible for Iran’s foreign military strategy on Friday has triggered one of the biggest public outpourings of grief seen in the country.

Can you feature anybody wanting to honor Trump so badly, that she would show up, even in death? Let’s hope Trump doesn’t find out about this.

Having been taken earlier on Sunday to Ahvaz, southwestern Iran, in commemoration of Soleimani’s part in the battle against Iraq in the 1980s, the body has been taken to Mashhad’s holiest shrine, where the eighth Imam of Shias, Reza, is buried. In a sign of the depth of the mourning, the shrine’s green flags have been replaced by black ones. Iranian media and analysts estimated that as many as 1m people — a third of Mashhad’s population — had turned out on to the streets.

A third of the population? That will fry Trump’s circuits. And so will this: He may have given Soleimani what he really wanted all along.

“Although Gen Soleimani always dreamed of martyrdom, it is so painful to lose a man whose presence meant security for us,” said Farzaneh, a 20-year-old woman who was in tears. “We want revenge and should not worry about the US retaliation. They are more vulnerable than us.”

“His blood will change many things as his life changed many things. We shall see huge changes coming, like a big revolution,” said Hamid, a 27-year-old mechanic as he walked with his wife and small daughter.

Maybe there will be a new word coined for the dictionary, “trumpfired” which is “backfired on steroids, like when Trump assassinated Soleimani and everything went straight to Hell.” Trump loves to put his name on things, and it’s emblazoned for all times in the history books on this debacle. Who knows where it will lead, but so far things are not looking good. Trump miscalculated that this would be yet another outrage he would get away with, as he has so many, but in this case, retribution has been swift and certain. The only question that remains is how far will it go and how costly will it be?

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21 Comments on "Soleimani Had More People At His Funeral Than Trump Had At His Inauguration"

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CAZ
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Please let them only blow up Trump-labeled properties around the world. Naive, I know.

Bareshark
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Maybe not, CAZ…all options are on the table and I’d be shocked if Iran didn’t consider that one a serious possibility.

Bareshark
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They’re goading Trump with this, much like Khamanei’s tweets did in the run-up to the assassination. It’s a smart play, given that it’s guaranteed to make him do something rash and stupid.

Nancy
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but just HOW rash and stupid can we survive?

Bareshark
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Far more than you would think…if you want to fear for anyone, fear for the Iranians, Iraqis, Saudis and various other groups in the immediate crossfire. I guarantee you that those ordinary folks WILL pay the price on all this.

p j evans
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One thing I have to say: All the photos say that Suleimani was much better-looking than Himself has ever been.

Bareshark
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Hardly a high bar to clear, P J…just saying.

anastasjoy
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Probably played a lot less golf, too. And could I just add that I am sick of people on the left adding he qualification that of course Solemani was evil but …. do you seriously not think that many more millions around the globe also perceived of Trump this way? And that he has given them plenty of ammo to back up their belief?

blueman
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Why oh why can’t Democrats coordinate their message? Being independent doesn’t mean you have to be adverse to winning and winning involves a coordinated attack/response. Even if they used secret decoder rings the leadership and DNC should quickly communicate the talking points. I don’t know how they do it, but the Republicans get their message out to 70 year old’s with no TV or computer that only read the paper left in McDonald’s. Senator Chris Coons is on MSNBC right now with his long prefix to his remarks that points out how bad this general was. On and on. And… Read more »
anastasjoy
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Could we please stop trashing people because they were Republicans until they got to college? I got so tired of that attack on Hillary. How about Bernie, who isn’t a Democrat NOW?

Bareshark
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I’ve got a lot of reasons to distrust and despise Bernie, none of which have anything to do with his political affiliation.

anastasjoy
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Oh yes, me too. But a lot of it goes back to his feeling that he, as not-a-Democrat, is superior to ordinary “establishment” Democrats (everyone else who doesn’t prioritize exactly the same issues he does in exactly the same way). He has filled his campaign with people who didn’t support our 2016 nominee, making his demand for our votes should he be the nominee now illegitimate: he needs to fire all of them in order to show his good faith to Democrats. We’ll see.

Alice in Wonder
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Of course there were more at his funeral. He was loved in his country and now has Martyr status. dRump is not loved and I doubt he would achieve martyr status under similar circumstances – other than from his little base.
dRump’s actions greatly elevated Soleimani. His death will cause more harm to the US than he ever did while living.

Alice in Wonder
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Why are my comments now “awaiting moderation”? Is this a new policy or am I being singled out?

Nancy
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no, it happens occasionally, especially if you use any trigger words (as I did a couple days ago). I don’t see any in your post, but I am not the algorithm.

Bareshark
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Nothing personal, Alice…happens to us regulars too. As Nancy said, trigger words are key.