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Trump and Tehran

The United States’ insatiable appetite for war is yet again proving to be a threat to world peace.


The assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps–Quds Force, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, in a drone strike on 3 January, by the United States (US) has triggered a fresh cycle of violence in West Asia. Through its actions, the Donald Trump administration has unequivocally announced that 2020 will be a year of violence. In response to the hubris of the US, Iran has retaliated by launching missile attacks on the US’s Ain al-Asad base in Anbar province and a base in Erbil in Iraq.

The American elite of all hues, liberal or conservative, is blinded by its faith in American military supremacy, and remains convinced that the world is destined to play by its rules. Therefore, it is delusional to expect military restraint from the US. The Pentagon has been using West Asia to test its latest weapons technology since the end of the Cold War. With a $700 billion annual military budget, the US will continue to reduce world peace to a utopian dream. As the US prepares for another set of attacks, the world is faced with a bleak diplomatic landscape in West Asia.

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Updated On : 14th Jan, 2020
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