The news of United States President Donald Trump’s authorization of the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani has been a topic of interest since that killing took place. Reports indicate that such authorization was issued seven months ago. The event actually occurred via drone strike in Baghdad on January 3.
Some say this was a dastardly deed that should never have happened. Others say it was an act of war that should not have been initiated without congressional approval.
Still others point to the violent record of a man directly or indirectly implicated in the death of hundreds of Americans. He was also actively involved in widespread death and destruction and called “an architect of bloodshed and chaos in Iraq, Syria, and Israel.” (https://lucas.house.gov/press-release/lucas-statement-death-qasem-solimani)
The New Year’s Eve attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad was seen by some as a catalyzing event, resurrecting images and recollections of what happened during the 2012 Ansar al-Sharia attack on United States government facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
What’s intriguing to me is to learn that Iranian protests following January 3 have largely been staged by Iranian citizens who are relieved and thankful that Soleimani, responsible for the deaths of many of his own countrymen, is gone. Reports I’ve read indicate strong support of Iranian protestors for democracy and freedom.
If these reports are true, and I pray they are, thanks be to God for this positive development.
I’m reminded of words from Scripture I shared in person with then President George W. Bush on September 20, 2001, a little more than one week following the terrorist attacks of 9/11:
“The one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” Rom. 13:4
Political interaction involving military confrontation with hostile and evil international leaders is not easily accomplished. Decisions are made by leaders charged with responsibility for the safety of American citizens. I don’t agree with every decision our leaders have made in the past or will make in the future. You most likely feel the same way.
That’s why it’s so important to hold our leaders in fervent prayer for informed wisdom, restraint when necessary, and courageous action when required. Lord, have mercy!