(Liberty Bell) – Before Qasem Soleimani was taken out in a US military airstrike on Thursday like he ought to have been years ago, the Iranian military general and terrorist leader repeatedly taunted President Donald Trump, even attempting to engage him in a meme war.
It all reportedly began back in July of 2017, when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a warning in response to pressure from the US:
“[Americans] must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace. … [D]o not play with the lion’s tail, because you will regret it eternally,” he reportedly said in a speech to diplomats in Tehran, according to Biz Pac Review.
POTUS responded in typical fashion:
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
Three days later, in a speech in the Iranian city of Hamedan, he referred to POTUS’ “idiotic comments on Twitter” and warned that “you may start the war, but we will be the ones to determine its end.”
(Not a quote that aged well.)
“[I]t has been over a year since Trump became U.S. president, but that man’s rhetoric is still that of a casino, of a bar. He talks to the world in the style of a bartender or a casino manager,” he added in what is perhaps deeply offensive in Iran but is clearly lost on an American audience as it hardly seems an insult at all.
Far more sinister, however, he seemed to suggest that there were sleeper cells hidden in the US.
“Let me tell you, Mr. Trump the gambler… Let me tell you… Know that we are near you, in places that don’t come to your mind,” he said. “We are near you in places that you can’t even imagine. We are a nation of martyrdom. We are the nation of Imam Hussein. Ask around. We have endured many hardships.”
So…he started a meme war. Scary.
“That same month, he shared with his nearly 70,000 Instagram followers an image of the White House exploding, which was later archived by the Middle East Media Research Institute,” The Washington Post reported Friday.
“The poster appeared to have been taken from the 2013 film ‘Olympus Has Fallen,’ and doctored so that Soleimani stands in front of the inferno with a walkie-talkie in his hand.”
New CJL Report: IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, Designated By U.S. Treasury Dept., Is Active On Instagram; Posts Include Image Of White House Exploding https://t.co/9jP83VDsQ5 pic.twitter.com/ui8WA2is6z
— Steve Stalinsky (@SteveStalinsky) August 17, 2018
The Middle East Media Research Institute reported at the time that Soleimani had an impressive 69,000 followers and 710 posts.
As of December 4th, 2020, just one day after he was taken out by a US airstrike, his account remained active, although most of the previous posts had been removed and had only about 96 followers.
But back in 2018, four months after the Iranian military official posted a member of the White House exploding, the president posted his now-famous “Game of Thrones”-style sanctions warning to the Islamic republic.
Solemani responded in kind with his own “Game of Thrones”-styled meme.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (#IRGC) #Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani responded to #US President Donald Trump’s announcement that ‘sanctions are coming’ with a Game of Thrones-inspired meme of his ownhttps://t.co/336UFrTL8E pic.twitter.com/5uh1qtQPMB
— Tasnim News Agency (@Tasnimnews_EN) November 3, 2018
The president may not have taken the bait, but Solemani had clearly declared (meme) war.