RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Ignore red flags of revenge over Iran... now is time to ...

As news broke that Iran's top general had been fast-tracked through departures at Baghdad Airport by an American drone strike, the heart sank.

Not that the vaporisation of a bloodthirsty Islamist psychopath responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent people should be anything other than a cause for celebration.

It's just that I could have predicted what would follow. And I'm not talking about the ritual sabre-rattling, wailing and gnashing of teeth from Tehran.

No, it's the tedious, knee-jerk condemnation from Iran's useful idiots here in Britain that is so depressing.

As news broke that Iran's top general (pictured) had been fast-tracked through departures at Baghdad Airport by an American drone strike, the heart sank

As news broke that Iran's top general (pictured) had been fast-tracked through departures at Baghdad Airport by an American drone strike, the heart sank

Naturally, O.J. Corbyn was first out of the blocks with one of his boilerplate anti-American diatribes. And his terrorist-loving sidekick McDonnell took to the streets five minutes later with the usual suspects from the Stop The War rabble. 

Of course he did. McDonnell and Corbyn have never met an enemy of Britain they didn't like.

Frankly, who cares what either of Labour's losers thinks about anything any more? They're history, but they just don't know when to leave the stage.

Given five minutes' notice of the drone strike, I could have told you precisely how it would be received.

Donald would be accused of trying to start World War III, violating international law and deliberately escalating tensions in the Middle East. Meanwhile, TV coverage would concentrate on the grieving rent-a-mobs vowing retaliation. How many times have we seen assorted Iranian 'lawmakers' chanting 'Death to America' over the past 40 years?

Naturally, O.J. Corbyn was first out of the blocks with one of his boilerplate anti-American diatribes

And his terrorist-loving sidekick McDonnell took to the streets five minutes later with the usual suspects from the Stop The War rabble

Naturally, O.J. Corbyn (left) was first out of the blocks with one of his boilerplate anti-American diatribes. And his terrorist-loving sidekick McDonnell (right) took to the streets five minutes later with the usual suspects from the Stop The War rabble

One of the funniest things on Sky News yesterday was the detailed analysis of the crowd at the funeral march in Tehran. We were told we should especially look out for red flags among the sea of flags being raised. Never mind the black-and-white banners, these were the Shia 'Red Flags of Revenge'.

Aaargh! Beware the Red Flags of Revenge!

The fact that they had been unfurled meant Iran now had to strike back. As if they weren't going to, anyway.

Iran doesn't so much strike back as strike first. For at least four decades, Tehran has been pursuing an unrelenting campaign of terror, particularly against American targets, much of it orchestrated by Qassem Soleimani until that American missile finally caught up with him on Friday.

Yet after paying lip-service to the fact that Soleimani wasn't exactly Iran's answer to the saintly Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a conga-line of 'experts' was wheeled out to explain why killing him was a threat to world peace.

Donald Trump (pictured) would be accused of trying to start World War III, violating international law and deliberately escalating tensions in the Middle East

Donald (pictured) would be accused of trying to start World War III, violating international law and deliberately escalating tensions in the Middle East 

Somehow, though, Iran's regional expansionism, sponsorship of terrorist organisations and responsibility for countless murders as far afield as Indonesia and Buenos Aires keeps getting put on the back-burner.

The narrative is always about American aggression, just as Israel is always blamed for 'perpetuating the cycle of violence' every time it reacts — proportionately — to thousands of rockets being fired at its civilian population by Iran's proxy terror groups in Palestine.

is accused of violating Iraq's sovereignty by taking out Soleimani in Baghdad. But what was the Iranian-inspired attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad last week if not a violation of sovereignty? And what the hell was Soleimani doing there in Iraq in the first place?

is already being warned that destroying 'cultural sites' in Iran will amount to a war crime. Why flatten an ancient mosque, rather than a nuclear enrichment plant or a terrorist training camp?

This kind of nonsense is right up there with the constant warnings during the Iraq War about the dangers of violating 'holy cities' and disturbing the sanctity of 'Friday

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