“There is no justification for killing anybody even in the US, in a foreign country or whatever,” Stephen Lendman told Press TV in an exclusive interview published on July 24.
Lieutenant Geneneral Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), were killed in a US drone strike near Baghdad International Airport on January 3. The attack was carried out upon a direct order by the US president.
A few days later, Iran responded to the assassination, striking the American airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in western Iraq and another in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard said on July 6 that the assassination of Gen. Soleimani was a violation of international law.
Pressure is growing in the United States on President Donald Trump to declassify the legal justification for a US drone attack, which killed General Soleimani in Iraq.
For months, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), among others, has been working to unearth the national security secret and find out the legal justification for Trump’s order of the assassination of General Soleimani.
The Trump administration sent Congress a formal notification of the assassination under the War Powers Act just after it happened, but kept it classified.
Lendman said, “Whether the information is declassified on what justification the Trump regime used to kill General Qassem Soleimani, whether it's released or whether it stays classified in secret, in my judgment makes no difference at all.”
“Killing General Soleimani was an act of cold-blooded murder, plain and simple. And whatever declassified the Trump regime information may say, it simply doesn't change that absolute indisputable fact,” he added.
“And probably, if any information is declassified it will make up all kinds of mumbo-jumbo justification. It has no justification whatsoever. I call a lot of US actions unjustifiably justifying or justifying the unjustifiable,” he continued.
Referring to Iran’s retaliation, Lendman said, “Of course, Iran retaliated very strongly sending a message to the US, that if you mess with us, you know you could do us a lot of damage, but we could do you a lot of damage too.”
The analyst noted, “The Pentagon likes to wage wars where it could roll over countries against. Well, it certainly hasn't been the case in most of the wars the US has fought. It hasn’t won a single war since World War II, didn't win in Korea, didn't win in Southeast Asia, didn't win anywhere post-9/11. But the one thing it accomplished was killing many millions of people, causing vast destruction, causing unspeakable human misery on a global scale.”
He argued that US wages wars not for winning them but just “to keep fighting them because the military-industrial complex profits so hugely from American wars.”
“So if they fought a war and it ended then there's no more money to be made by the defense contractors and everybody else that makes money from wars in the US,” he said.
“But again, killing anybody, General Soleimani or anybody else, in any country by the US is an act of war, an act of murder, and there is no justification under international, US constitutional or US statute laws that in any way justifies this, because these acts are unjustifiable, and there's no getting around it,” he concluded.