Prayer After Assassination

Major General Qassem Soleimani

I was all skepticism when I heard that Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, head the branch of the Revolutionary Guard waging Iran’s proxy wars abroad, called Quds.

True, Soleimani was a bad actor for a rogue nation, but the attack made no sense. First, endangering the world with a potential US-Iranian fight nullified the president’s stated reason for betraying the nation’s Kurdish allies: extricating America from Middle Eastern wars.  Second, the alleged need for the assassination — imminent threats loomed against Americans unless Soleimani were killed — defied military reality: The boots are already on the ground if the attacks are, indeed, “imminent.” Third, the general may now be venerated, since 89% of Iran’s citizens are Shiite Muslims and revere martyrdom.

Surely policy experts would issue strong cautions.

Perhaps they did. Perhaps some even drew attention to Christianity’s “Just War” theory, which should really be called “Modified Pacifism” and is meant to restrain potentially violent leaders (I wrote about it here). Suffice it to say that this shooting doesn’t qualify — not even close.

But, if given, Trump ignored the warnings. The consequences reel before us: Iraq wants US troops to leave the country; Iran is mulling retaliation; and a stampede at Soleimani’s funeral killed dozens (surely America will be blamed). Who knows where this will end?

The Church of England saw the chaos and published this prayer yesterday, the Day of Epiphany. Personally, I’m joining my Anglican brothers and sisters. I’m praying this prayer:

About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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