Jafar Qanadbashi in an interview with the website of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations referring to the holding of the first anniversary of the martyrdom of Haj Qassem Soleimani, former commander of Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, former deputy head of the al-Hashd al-Shaabi organization and said: What was held within the framework of ceremonies to mark Martyr Sardar Soleimani and Martyr Sardar Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in different Islamic and non-Islamic countries, were indicative of a new phenomenon that not only had no resemblance in the recent decades, but also the possibility that in the future such a phenomenon with characteristics similar to what was held and we witnessed in the past few days, seems unlikely.
Qanadbashi continued: In this regard, we should refer to the remarks of experts who do not consider the commemoration ceremonies for the two honorable martyrs as a common ceremony and believe that holding the ceremonies in different countries, especially distant countries such as those in Europe, Latin America, or even Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kashmir, show the different characteristics of the ceremonies and the emergence of a new and very influential phenomenon.
Explaining the most important differences and features of the ceremonies, Qanadbashi said: First, the ceremonies showed that Sardar Soleimani was an anti-colonial hero who met the expectations of Muslim nations and even non-Muslim nations, and filled in the gap that existed in the Islamic world, not only for today, but as a living phenomenon for the years to come.
Referring to the fact that influences and inspirations of Sardar Soleimani did not come to an end with his martyrdom, he said: Rather, as a model and in the position of a hero, he stood on top of the attention of all the opponents of colonialism and tyranny, as it is predicted that the majority of anti-colonial movements and anti-arrogance of the future in the Islamic world will somehow be influenced by the characteristics of Sardar Soleimani and he, in the form of a school of struggle, will allocate major parts of the agenda of the future anti-colonial struggles to himself.
According to the expert, another difference observed on the first anniversary of the martyrdom of the two dear martyrs was that hundreds of thousands of participants in the ceremonies, especially in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, did not pay attention to the extensive propaganda by the Western and regional reactionary media against Sardar Soleimani and, despite the efforts made over the past year to distort the profile of Sardar Soleimani, he was praised in an extraordinary way for his record full of pride.
Qanadbashi continued: Certainly, the propaganda that was carried out before and after the martyrdom of Sardar Soleimani in order to prevent his popularity and influence, especially to prevent the increase in the number of his followers, not only has no similarity in the history of the region, but not elsewhere in the world.
Emphasizing that throughout the commemoration ceremonies, the participants expressed their anger and hatred not only against the assassins of Sardar Soleimani, but also against all his opponents, the expert on the Middle East affairs added: This proves that the US President and those who participated with him in plotting to assassinate the two dear martyrs has made a big calculation mistake.
Qanadbashi remarked: Donald Trump and his American and Zionist advisers thought that by assassinating Sardar Soleimani they could completely eliminate the anti-colonial motives in the West Asian region and by shedding the blood of the two could completely stop the liberation movements in the region. Contrary to their perception, committing such a heinous crime not only increased militant movements in the West Asian region, but also ensured their continuity for the years to come.
In conclusion he stressed: This is the fact that can be understood more accurately and clearly by looking deeply and carefully at the ceremonies commemorating Sardar Soleimani in different countries of the world.