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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 01:46 PM

10. Given the rhetoric, and the gigantic crowd at Salimani's funeral,

I thought the Iranian response was the minimum they could do.
It seems they didn't want to create American casualties and were not interested in escalation.
I to thought the Iranian government might secretly be relieved to be rid of Salimani. And, although they greatly dislike Trump, they didn't want the radicals to steer the nation towards a larger conflict and possible war with the United States.

It could very well be that this was planned in advance by both countries. The end result is the elimination of a troublesome general, and perhaps an opportunity for renewed diplomatic contacts.

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