Filmmaker Michael Moore on Sunday offered Ayatollah Ali Khamenei his special assistance to “fix” the growing gulf between Iran and the United States.
Moore notified his Twitter followers, “I have just sent the Ayatollah of Iran a personal appeal asking him not to respond to our assassination of his top General with violence of any kind, but rather let me & millions of Americans fix this peacefully.”
I have just sent the Ayatollah of Iran a personal appeal asking him not to respond to our assassination of his top General with violence of any kind, but rather let me & millions of Americans fix this peacefully.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 5, 2020
Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei promised to enact revenge against the American “criminals” who killed Qasem Soleimani on President Donald Trump’s orders. Soleimani was believed to plotting more operations against U.S. forces stationed in Iraq following the storming of the American embassy in Baghdad last week.
The ayatollah said the although the loss of the general is a grievous one for Iran, his death will only increase their motivation to fight the United States and Israel, Reuters reported Thursday.
Khamenei said Iran will honor Soleimani with three days of mourning and announced that the late general’s deputy, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, will replace him as Quds Force commander. The terrorist cell’s objectives “will be unchanged from the time of his predecessor,” Khamenei said in a statement reported by Reuters.(RELATED: US-Led Forces Halt Fighting Against ISIS, Wait For Potential Retaliatory Action From Iran)
On Saturday, President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to Iranian leaders that if the country attempts any sort of revenge attack in response to Soleimani’s death, the United States will target 52 areas of opportunities in Iran, including historical sites. Trump said he chose the figure 52 because that is the number of hostages that Iranian militants took hostage over 40 years ago at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
In a responsive tweet, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Trump that “targeting cultural sites is a war crime.” He said that the “end of U.S. malign presence in West Asia has begun.”