Abbas Milani, Hoover: The death of Soleimani, called “the head of the snake,” is complicated to Iranian people, both to those in revolt and to the get-along-to-go-along. He helped fight Iraq in 1988, and helped fight ISIS so was seen both as a devil and as Napoleonic-mystic patriot. Recall that the regime killed hundreds of demonstrators a few months ago. Today the regime threatened anyone who stood apart from the Khamenei line. He caused the deaths of thousands of Syrian, Lebanese, Afghans, Yemenis, and more.