Only Iran is confronting Islamic State, paramilitary chief whines

Major General Qassem Soleimani, with the black thing on his head

The general in charge of Iran’s paramilitary activities in the Middle East said the United States and other powers were failing to confront Islamic State, and only Iran was committed to the task, a news agency on Monday reported.

Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force responsible for protecting the Islamic Republic’s interests abroad, has become a familiar face on the battlefields of Iraq, where he often outranks local commanders.

“Today, in the fight against this dangerous phenomenon, nobody is present except Iran,” the Tasnim news agency quoted Soleimani as saying on Sunday in reference to Islamic State…

This fight is within the Muslim world. Why should it be the responsibility of outsiders to join?

I seem to recall that earlier, during in the taking of Tikrit, the Iranians refused to cooperate with the US.

The US helped at Tikrit with airstrikes. But the Iranians, while no doubt privately grateful, were publicly dismissive. The US is still the Great Satan, after all.  

If they been willing cooperate earlier, channels of communication would have been open, and perhaps the US could have organized airstrikes on short notice. 

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation is currently meeting. Shouldn’t this be at the top of their agenda?

But frank discussion is impossible in these societies: one reason why they fight so badly as armies.

In the West, the leaders of the armed forces are expected to get and deal with the most accurate information possible, no matter how bad it is.

In the Muslim world, it is considered bad form to bring bad news.  How can you fight a war without accurate information?

Something about their culture also stops them — despite an extremely friendly leader like Obama in the White House — from saying, ‘Hey, let’s drop this Great Satan stuff.’

That would be disrespectful to the memory of Ayatollah Khomenei, who is revered like a god.

From today’s news: “An Iranian security court on Tuesday held the first hearing in the closed trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post.”