Earlier today President Donald Trump used “Game of Thrones” imagery and language to promote sanctions against Iran.
The Tweet featured a text overlay reading “Sanctions are coming.” The font of the text is a near-match of the style used in HBO’s mega-popular fantasy television series. The text itself appears to imitate “Winter is coming,” one of the show’s most popular slogans.
One would figure that an Iranian response would be forthcoming from foreign secretary Javad Zarif, a man with a sharp sense of humor and who does not shy away from needling opponents/adversaries. But to everyone’s surprise, it is General Soleimani (Quds Force commander) who has responded to President Trump’s tweet. In the tweet below, Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council, captures why this is alarming…
In the Twitter war between Trump and Iran, it is Iranian General Soleimani that responds to Trump.
That in and of itself is worrisome as it indicates that this Trump-manufactured crisis of choice is slipping out of the hands of diplomats and into the hands of military leaders 🙁 pic.twitter.com/FCHZb6lPcH
This is not the first back and forth between these two. Back in July the Iranian general issued a stern threat to President Donald Trump, warning that if the US dares to attack Iran, it will “destroy all that you possess.”
“As a soldier, it is my duty to respond to your threats,” Major Gen. Qassem Soleimani said, according to the BBC.
“We are near you, where you can’t even imagine,” he said. “Come. We are ready.”
Sadly, Donald Trump’s lack of normal human empathy is once again on display. It’s important to remember that there is nothing humorous about these senseless sanctions against Iran — they are very real and designed to hurt ordinary Iranians.