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Assassination of Qassem Soleimani: What Does Blue Ridge Think?

By: Elliot Maginley/Senior Writer

The world-breaking news that Qassem Soleimani, leader of the foreign wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was killed in a U.S. airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport on Friday, January 3 kicked off 2020 in startling fashion. Headlines around the world espoused the reactions of world leaders and U.S. politicians. At Blue Ridge, students and teachers reacted, wondering what Solemani’s death means to the future of U.S. relations with not only Iran, but with other countries, and how it will effect U.S. citizens in the long run. Here is what some members of the Blue Ridge had to say.

Mrs. Lucrecia Jesse, High School Spanish teacher: “This is very serious situation that has and will have long term complication. The U.S. needs to prepare for any and all fallout from the decision that was made. However, until information is revealed regarding the reason for our killing of Soleimani no one can say whether it was good or bad.”

Mrs Bobbie McCain, High School special education teacher: “The issue should not be taken lightly or ignored, however should be handled delicately. There are always tough decisions to be made and likely no matter what the decision is, lives will be lost.”

Ms. Katie Brown, High School English and social studies teacher: “This situation could cause deeper political polarization unless handled in a way to meet ideas of both sides. It should also not be ignored.”

Cameron Franks, BR senior, “I think that the tensions will rise to a certain point between our country and Iran, but nothing will actually happen.”

Mrs. Kathy Mangel, High School library clerk: “Very scary and upsetting to see our country dealing with these situations.”

Walter Donahue, BR senior: “He’s not a good guy, but we shouldn’t have killed him and I don’t think anything will happen in the near future.”

Mr. Greg Bitner, High School social studies teacher: “If we had evidence that Soleimani killed over 100 plus American lives, I would believe the airstrike was good. I don’t believe anything would make Iran want to start a war with the U.S.A.”

Mr. Mitchell Less, High School social studies teacher: “Soleimani has been responsible for 100 plus American soldier’s deaths over the years. I agree with the decision.”

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