Trump threatens to destroy Important Iranian cultural sites

Trump’s Latest Iran Tweet Slammed as Threat ‘To Commit War Crimes’

Biden, Warren, Ocasio-Cortez and others ripped into Trump for claiming the U.S. military would target 52 sites in Iran including sites ‘important to Iran & the Iranian culture’
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday the United States has targeted 52 Iranian sites that it would strike if Iran attacks Americans or U.S. assets in response to a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. Trump’s tweet said that those targets would include sites “ important to Iran & the Iranian culture,” which drew quick condemnation from domestic critics.
Colin Kahl, a former Obama administration national security official, wrote on Twitter that he found it “hard to believe the Pentagon would provide Trump targeting options that include Iranian cultural sites. Trump may not care about the laws of war, but DoD (Department of Defense) planners and lawyers do … and targeting cultural sites is war crime.”
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Trump Reiterates Threat to Iranian Cultural Sites

January 5, 2020
According to the New York Times, Trump has reiterated his threat against cultural sites in Iran. Even such a move would widely be seen as a war crime, the president argued on Sunday night: “They’re allowed to kill our people. They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. They’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people … and we’re not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn’t work that way.” Read the whole story.

Iranians Flood Twitter With Photos of Favorite Cultural Sites as Trump Threatens Them With Destruction

“Fastest way to unify Iranians of all walks of life against you is to threaten to destroy their cultural heritage.”
by Jan.5, 2020
Ordinary Iranians on Saturday responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s monstrous threat to strike sites “important to Iran and the Iranian culture” with an outpouring of photos highlighting their favorite mosques, museums, monuments, and other stunning architecture.
“Fastest way to unify all political factions in Iran against you is to assassinate the general who led Iran’s fight against ISIS,” tweeted Independent correspondent Negar Mortazavi. “Fastest way to unify Iranians of all walks of life against you is to threaten to destroy their cultural heritage. Trump did both this week.”
Using the hashtag #IranianCulturalSites, Iranians flooded Twitter with hundreds of photos of locations and structures imbued with personal and historical significance
Read more at https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/05/iranians-flood-twitter-photos-favorite-cultural-sites-trump-threatens-them

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