Post Mortem

Revenge is not a solution

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/8/2020 1:37:33 PM IST

 Shocking news keep pouring in from the Gulf region and the latest being the death of around 80 American soldiers in an Iranian retaliatory missile attacks on the US facilities in Iraq and in another tragic incident in which 56 people and more than 200 were injured in a stampede which broke out on Tuesday at the funereal of Iranian General QassemSoleimani killed in a US air strike at the Baghdad airport. The stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Major General QassemSoleimani  as the procession began. What had set off the stampede is not yet known to the outside world.

The funeral procession in Tehran on Monday drew over one millionpeople crowding both main thoroughfares and side streets in Tehran. A similar stampede, though on a smaller scale,struck the 1989 funeral procession for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini killing at least eight peopleand injuring hundreds.Soleimani’s death in a drone strike on Friday has sparked calls across Iran for revenge against America, drastically raising tensions across West Asia. Earlier, Hossein Salami, the new leader of Iran’s Revolutionary guard vowed to avenge Soleimani’s death as he addressed a crowd of supporters gathered at the coffin in a central square in Kerman. Salami said, “We tell our enemies that we will retaliate but if they take another action we will set ablaze the places that they like and are passionate about.” The crowd in response chanted “Death to Israel.” Needlessly, Israel is a long time regional foe of Iran.
According to a report on Tuesday by the semi-official Tasnim news agency, Iran has worked up 13 sets of plans for revenge for Soleimani’s killing. The report quoted Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, as saying that even the weakest among them would be a historic nightmare for the US. However, he declined to elaborate. Meanwhile, the US Air Force launched a drill with 52 fighter jets in Utah; just days after President Donald Trump threatened to hit 52 sites in Iran. Britain has come out condemning the attack on military bases in Iraq that hosted US-led coalition forces including British personnel. It has urged Iran not to repeat the reckless and dangerous attacks. Surely and slowly, the world will divide on this issue and it will not be good for Iran.
Most appalling thing about Iran rightnow is that there is a miasma of revenge lingering all across Iran following the killing of Soleimani by the US military. Every Iranian’s mind is injected with the poison of revenge. Every religious leader, high ranking officials, and even the daughter of the slain Soleimani speak revenge on America. The terms they use against America can have a devastating effect on the laymen let alone others. This could upset the people’s composure and lead people from being sane to insane. People will become prejudiced like the proverbial saying ‘everything looks yellow to a jaundiced eye.’ Revenge repels rational thought in man and in the revengeful mind; there is nothing but revenge, which eventually kills the man who harbours it. So, Iran’s leaders must not be carried away by spite, instead exhort their people for maintaining calm and composure. Revenge is not a solution but destruction, and in the destruction nothing constructive is gained. Let us all hope for a change in Iran’s attitude as Iran’s role is pivotal in maintaining peace in the Gulf region.
T K Nandanan, Kochi

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