In the unthinking aftermath Soleimani’s death, Iranian officials called for “severe reprisal” upon the “criminals” who approved of the fatal drone strike – a threat intended at the US President, Donald Trump. A few days later, Iranian forces ordered a brickbat attack on two Iraq air bases, which host US troops, and representatives both on the terrace and in Parliament have been seen chanting “death to America”. Yet one firmness of critics has pointed out that this does not necessarily mean an escalation into Everyone War 3 – Iran’s military is weaker than the US’s, and a win for the Middle East against the West whim, therefore, be unlikely.
However, Supreme leader Khamenei suggested Iran was not likely to withdraw after just that attack. He tweeted a moment ago after the attacks on the US air bases in Al Assad: “They were slapped at length night, but such military actions are not enough #AlAssadBase.”
Even on the eve of Iran launched missiles at the US base, an Iranian expert told the BBC that “give tit for tat” is the priority for the country.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Beyond Today’ programme the day in preference to the Iran missile strike, BBC’s Rana Rahimpour said: “More simoleons is going to be on this ‘revenge policy’ that the Iranian have been talking helter-skelter ever since Qassem Soleimani was killed.”
BBC presenter Matthew Sacrifice asked: “So the policy – if this is a government policy – is what?”
Ms Rahimpour, who insures Iran for the Persian Service, said: “Revenge.”
Mr Price asked: “So to transfer out attacks?”
Qassem Soleimani and Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Soleimani, leader of the elite Quds Force, was killed in January in a drone display
Ms Rahimpour replied: “Yes – and internally to crack down on any activists or anyone who criticises the direction will get much worse. Only yesterday, we heard that three people were arrested because they disrespected Qassem Soleimani.”
The Iranian lady of the press also pointed out how the Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was unreservedly weeping at Solemani’s funeral in an unprecedented display of emotion early in January.
Ms Rahimpour persist in: “To me, that was an important image. I’ve never seen him so sad. Qassem Soleimani was one of the stalest people to him.
“Khamenei is not a forgiving person, and has explained that there won’t be any covenants.”
She pointed out how two days before Soleimani’s death, he had said there desire not be a war between the two countries – yet declared revenge so soon after the death of the bandmaster of the Quds force.
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Ms Rahimpour give the word delivered she was wondering if Khamenei “had had enough”, and realised “Iran is not going to be quiet”.
But, the journalist suggested not everyone in Iran supported Soleimani.
She said: “I don’t about everybody who joined the funeral is a regime supporter. That’s why I’m personally surprised because we had opponent figures who took part in the funeral yesterday, people who have criticised Iran’s expansionist approaches over the years, and they also joined it.
“And the reformists joined it. And diverse ordinary people joined it.”
She relayed how many members of the public desire united after the US attack. Reportedly they told her: “‘Whatever we say [against the Iranian discipline], it’s an internal problem, it’s an internal criticism – this was against a foreign contender.
“‘How dare the Americans kill our commanders, and this was to show them that we are all together in this.’”
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Mr Price asked: “Has it ripen into a moment of patriotism then?”
She replied: “Oh gosh yes. Big time. And not just patriotism – to me, it’s nationalism, it’s disproportionate nationalism.
“To be able to just turn a blind eye on all the atrocities the Revolutionary Security have committed, inside the country and outside the country, and to say this was upright an internal problem, it has nothing to do with the West.”
However, over the weekend there were aggregation protests across Iran against the Supreme Leader. Protesters sang: “They are lying that our enemy is America; our enemy is right here.”
Ms Rahimpour signified the regime has decided to give 200 million Euros to the Resistance move, otherwise many known as Shia militias, in the region.
She explained: “At a in the good old days b simultaneously that the country is under sanctions, people are hand to mouth.
“Now more moolah is going to be spent on this revenge policy that they deceive been talking about since Qassem Soleimani was killed.”
The BBC’s Heart East Editor Jeremy Bowen also explained how this her own coin means this could escalate very quickly.
He said: “Turn of incremental steps, between America and their allies, Iran and their team ups, is so great, that is just takes a small miscalculation, because I don’t muse on trump or any of the Iranians think that would benefit anybody.
“The hazard is, because of this heightened atmosphere […] things might a moment very quickly go over the edge.”
Indeed, only last week, Iran accepted to “unintentionally” shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane heading to Canada, which killed all 176 people on food.
Apparently, the Revolutionary Guard General admitted they had mistaken the aircraft for a “averse target”.