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Crushing blow


WE’RE STANDING steadfast against those who seek our lives. We’re standing with determination and with force. Whoever tries to attack us will receive a crushing blow in return.

Qassem Soleimani was responsible for the death of countless innocent people. He destabilized many countries. For decades, he sowed fear and misery and anguish. And he was planning much worse.

President Trump should be congratulated for acting swiftly, boldly and resolutely against this terrorist-in-chief, who was the architect and driver of Iran’s campaign of terror throughout the Middle East and throughout the world.

In the Middle East, no day is like any other. The regional upheaval continues. The struggle between extremists and moderates continues unabated.

On one side is radical Islam led by Iran, which seeks to grasp large sections of the area by means of murderous terrorism, and to grasp, strangle and eliminate us, because they understand that the strongest force of Western culture is here, in the State of Israel. They understand this very well.

(Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning Iran against attacking Israel in response to the American killing of Qassem Soleimani)

Sovereignty is non-negotiable

“THERE IS no negotiation when it comes to our sovereignty.”

So declared President Joko Widodo as Indonesia was set to mobilize fishermen to join warships in the South China Sea to help defend against Chinese vessels

The stand-off since last month in the northern Natuna Islands, where a Chinese coastguard vessel has accompanied Chinese fishing vessels, has soured the generally friendly relationship between Jakarta and Beijing.


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