The end of heroes

While apolitical citizens were eating Olivier salad to Lukashyn’s songs, it was hot and scary in the Middle East: the US embassy was stormed in Baghdad. The sinister shots inspired Americans with unusual concern: something obviously went wrong, and the protests that the US hoped to deploy in its favor, that is, against Iran, fell on the “holy of holies.” Hundreds of people took part in the storming of the embassy – both ordinary Iraqis and Kataib Hizballah fighters led by commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. And before that, an attack was made on an American military base, as a result of which one contractor was killed. The déjà vu effect worked: these events were too reminiscent of the legendary storming of the American embassy in Iran after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, when this “den of spies” was liquidated by supporters of the Islamic Republic.

The Americans got nervous. They began drawing additional military forces into Kuwait. They struck the positions of Kataib Hizballah in Syria and Iraq. Trump threatened to take revenge for such a brazen encroachment on the Baghdad branch of the “citadel of evil”.

The USA realized that their destructive plan to shake Iraq, to drive a wedge between Iran and Iraq is actively opposed, knowing full well who is standing in their way again: it is the legendary general Qasem Suleimani, who has been giving them “lights” for more than a decade. – and so that the Iraqi land burned and burned under the feet of the Americans.

It was General Suleimani who contributed to the defeat of the Zionists in Lebanon in 2006 and to the victory over the Takfirists in Iraq and Syria, provided coordination between the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (Al-Hashd al-Shaab), what exactly he restored and maintained security in a terrorist-free Iraq. Naturally, he was listed as “particularly dangerous”, and he was feared to such an extent that they even fabricated a UN resolution that forbids him from leaving Iran. But he traveled calmly, finding himself in Lebanon, then in Syria, then in Iraq (and what is there – according to some unconfirmed rumors, and in Russia), to the detriment of all enemies and to the joy of people who saw him as a protector and liberator.

Virtuously clever, capable of endlessly eluding the enemy in order to strike him hard, a far-sighted and resourceful military strategist, a man with a poetic gift and an artist’s eye (just read his memoirs!), Qasem Suleimani was honored to become a “forbidden man” during his lifetime turned into a legend. At the entrance to the famous Jamkaran mosque in Kum, all kinds of Islamic and revolutionary symbols are sold: portraits, T-shirts, Arafat shirts – white Palestinian and black Basij. Friends have been asking me for years to buy something with Kasem Suleimani. For a long time, I couldn’t find anything anywhere, until one day in the same Jamkaran, I came across a single (!) checkered handkerchief with the image of a brave general! According to the seller, mugs, photos, T-shirts are swept off the shelves instantly. In terms of popularity, Qasem Suleimani beat everyone, including the most iconic figures of the Resistance. He is supported not only by bearded men in arafatkas and their wives in black chadors, but also heavily painted girls with semi-hijabs on the back of their heads, and young people with fashionable nachos on their tops. He became a real national hero, who received the least number of negative reviews according to polls. He became a symbol of Iran’s power, its ability to stand up for itself.

Kasem Suleimani was in love with war, with its heroics, with its poetry, with its eerie charm, with its torment and blood, with its surprising and sometimes mystical twists. Always ready to sacrifice himself, he treated his soldiers with care, even from the time of the Holy Defense, he proved himself as a commander who does not care about human lives. Such people do not die in a warm bed in old age, suffering from arthritis, gout, cataracts and stomach ulcers. They go to the sunny world of heroes in their prime, remaining proud and beautiful in our memory. General Suleimani died in the same way as another legend of the Resistance – Sayyid Abbas Mousavi, the predecessor of Sayyid Hassan Nasr-Allah, on whose car the Zionists struck from the air, killing his wife and six-year-old son along with him. He burst into the icy glow of death, just like his friend and associate Imad Mughniya, whose car was blown up in 2008 during the celebration of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at the Iranian embassy in Damascus.

As in the case of Seyyed Abbas, Qassem Suleimani’s car was also attacked by the Air Force. As in the case of Imad, it was clearly not without betrayal: someone gave their coordinates to the enemies. All of them were killed by the direct enemy, and not by his miserable henchmen. There was no doubt that General Suleimani would sooner or later leave just like that – it was no coincidence that Rahbar, Seyyid Ali Khamenei, called him a “living martyr”. And he went to the embrace of death in a symbolic place: in Iraq, not far from the tomb of the Lord of all fallen heroes (Seyid al-Shuhad) – Imam Hussein, peace be upon him.

Together with General Suleimani, Abu Mahdi al

– Muhandis is the same one who participated in the storming of the enemy’s lair, from which he endlessly plans his tricks: how to divide people in the countries they colonize in order to rob them, pump out their oil and gas, and tear their countries to pieces as he pleases. their convoy was attacked by the Americans from the air near the airport in Baghdad. The airport is closed indefinitely. General Suleimani was recognized by the ring on his finger. The strike was carried out on Trump’s personal orders. But Trump may not be happy: all his life, the general dreamed of just such a death, and here are the consequences it will have for America and Israel, perhaps until he draws even the wildest imagination.

“Do not in any way consider as dead those who were killed in the way of Allah. No, they are alive and receive their destiny from their Lord, ”says the Holy Qur’an, in the sura “The Family of Imran” (3: 169).

Every person will leave this world: both the one who spends his whole life on the front line in the ring of fronts, and the one whose interests do not extend beyond Mehr and Olivier. But it is difficult to imagine a death more majestic and beautiful than the death of a hero on the battlefield, at the hands of enemies. This is not only an Islamic attitude. Many people intuitively feel this, and it is no accident that the entire Soviet, as if religious, revolutionary romance was built on glorifying feats and heroic death. No wonder, in a famous Soviet film, a cranberry wedge floated over the heads of the winners in 1945, as if symbolizing: the dead are alive and still in the ranks.

And General Suleimani, from somewhere beyond our reach, condescendingly looks at the aggressive nobodies roaming around Iran and smiles, knowing full well what retribution awaits them soon …

Anastasia (Fatima) Yezhova (site: Mihvar)