The New Year started off with a big bang for Iran
Early in January, U.S. President Trump gave the order for a drone strike that killed Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force.
Since then, the world has remained on the edge of its seat, wondering what effect a possible outbreak of war could have on hundreds of lives in the Middle East and America.
According to the White House, the general was known to be actively planning “imminent and sinister” attacks on the United States.
Soleimani’s assassination was met with an uproar of frustration towards the controversial American President, stirring waves of nationalism among the Iranians.
A few days later, Iran responded with attacks on Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces. The attacks however, caused no serious damage to the situation as there were no reports of American casualties (it is possible that Iraqis were killed in these attacks).
For now, the world lives to see another day as it seems Iran may have no intention of fighting back- the Iranian UN Ambassador claims his country will not retaliate, as long as the US refrains from committing any further aggressions against Iran. He did however state, that Iranians cannot be held responsible for the actions of other groups in the region.
Just recently, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution with the intent of limiting the President’s power to commit the country to a war. While this may be good news for many, the question still hangs in the air – is the world war ready?
Although war is likely to involve Iran and the U.S., the outbreak of it will surely have dire consequences on the rest of the world, especially for Iraq, who is the most vulnerable in the tensions between the two nations. Being an ally to the U.S. and a neighbour to Iran, Iraq has suddenly become the front line in the middle of it all. The U.S. have already issued sanctions that will cut into the Iranian economy.
The greatest consequence of a war between the two nations goes without saying – the loss of lives, both military and civilian.
Each day that passes without news of a nuclear attack is a day innocent lives in the Middle East and America (as well as concerned peoples of the world), can breathe a huge sigh of relief.