One of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite shows, “The West Wing,” occurs when acting president Glen Allen Walken explains how World War I starts.

“Franz Ferdinand, who was the nephew of the Austro-Hungarian emperor, was killed by a group called the Black Hand,” Walken, played by John Goodman, explains. “And because they were a Serbian nationalist society, the empire declared war on Serbia. Then Russia, which was bound by a treaty, was forced to mobilize, which meant that Germany had to declare war on Russia. Then France declared war on Germany, and that was World War I. Because the emperor’s nephew was killed.”

Somewhere, the uncle of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is upset, mourning the loss of his nephew in a U.S. military drone strike last night at the Bagdad Airport in Iraq.

The uncle, in this case, likely doesn’t have the power to start World War…

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