The Iraqis have a consulate which is in Southfield, a northern suburb of Detroit and they announced on Monday on their Facebook that they would be holding condolence calls for IRGC terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani as well as the other “martyrs” who were taken out as a result of the “American raids in Iraq.”
“The Consulate General of the republic of Iraq in Detroit announces the opening of a register of condolences to the lives of the martyrs who have fallen as a result of the recent American raids in Iraq” on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-5 p.m.
Soleimani, the leader of the Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis, leader of the Kataib Hezbollah militia group were taken out in an American airstrike after they had been involved in an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Before that attack, their group had been behind multiple rocket attacks on American forces who killed one American contractor and wounded four others. Soleimani is considered to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq as well as killing and oppressing others in Iran, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.
People were planning a protest outside the consulate on Tuesday. Some Iraqi-Americans were outraged that the embassy was being used that way to honor the terrorists.
One member of the Arab American & Chaldean Council in Detroit says for the Iraqi Consulate to hold what amounts to a memorial for the Iranian leaders killed in the air strike, is disrespectful and insensitive.
Nabby Yono with the Arab American & Chaldean Council says he’s stunned to see this action.
“We are Iraqis not Iranians… we’re against it,” Yono said.
Michigan Rising Action, the local arm of the Republican America Rising PAC, denounced it and called on Michigan Democrats to do the same.
From National Review:
“Soleimani is a known terrorist with the blood of many Americans on his hands. We call on Rep. Tlaib, Sen. Peters, Rep. Slotkin, Rep. Dingell, Rep. Lawrence, and Rep. Stevens to immediately denounce this action being taken by the Iraqi Consulate in Detroit,” Tori Sachs, executive director of Michigan Rising Action, said in part.
The Democrats in the area have denounced killing the terrorist Soleimani but haven’t denounced the consulate honoring him at last check.
US Congress members like Rep. Brenda Lawrence have denounced the attack saying President Trump acted without authorization from Congress.
Rashida Tlaib tweeted in part:
“We cannot stay silent as this lawless President recklessly moves us closer to yet another unnecessary war that puts innocent lives at risk at home & across the globe.”