What I Learned This Week

One cannot appreciate how bad things could get between Iran and Israel without studying the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today—Qassem Soleimani.

Soleimani is the head of the Quds force, the foreign expeditionary army of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard. Trump may gamble on Tehran caving in, but Soleimani will never buckle to ultimatums. A man of iron will, he is emblematic of 2,500 years of Persia’s ambitions. A few years ago, most Iranians would not have recognized Soleimani on the street. Today, he is subject of documentaries, news reports and even pop songs. A 2015 music video made by Shia militia fighters features soldiers spray-painting a cut-out portrait of the general and saluting in front of it while stirring music plays. Soleimani made headlines this week for having allegedly received tens of millions of dollars from th…

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