The recent Iranian-American conflict is one that dates back to the 1970s. Since 1979, Iran and America have essentially been locked into a 40-year low-grade war, with the Iranians referring to the United States as the Great Satan. The basis of the conflict has to do with oil. Back in the 1950s, U.S. President Eisenhower teamed up with the British Intelligence against Iran in order to restore British and American access to the oil.
Years later, in the early 2000s, Iran began working with other Middle Eastern and Asian countries to develop a nuclear arsenal. Then, Iran refused to have an inspection and lied about their nuclear testing and armaments. With all this build-up and the global spotlight being on Iran for so long, the recent conflict with America seems to have been inevitable.
It all began on December 27, 2019, after an Iranian-backed militia group stormed and attacked a military base, killing an American contractor and wounding a handful of other American citizens. President Trump quickly retaliated and U.S. forces targeted multiple cities, killing 25 militia members and wounding 50 others. President Trump tweeted following the dramatic events, saying, “Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!”
After this event, the U.S. President decided this was not enough and that a further statement must be issued. Thus, he targeted the Iranian general, Soleimani. Trump sent in a drone to target Soleimani, where he was swiftly eliminated. Again, the President put out a statement saying, “Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous: To terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American, we will find you; we will eliminate you. We will always protect our diplomats, service members, all Americans, and our allies. “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war. Clearly, President Trump believes that he took the necessary precautions to prevent a war. However, many believe that killing Soleimani will only lead to a new terrorist regime, “Donald Trump started this cycle of escalation” (CBS), similar to what happened after the death of Osama bin Laden and Isis. Other experts believe that the killing of Soleimani is irrelevant, saying that Iran is not a one-person show and that they are now put in a position to retaliate against America. However, despite these claims, it is impossible to ignore the fact that a very prestigious Iranian general’s death, who directly reported to Iranian Supreme Ruler, Ayatollah, will go unwarranted. Iran has already promised retaliation, which undoubtedly means this conflict will continue.
Both Americans and experts have vastly different opinions on the subject, but it is easy to assume that this conflict is far from over. President Trump has made it clear that he stands by his decision to eliminate Soleimani, saying that he did something that should have been done decades ago. With the death of Soleimani and Iran’s vow of retaliation, we can only wait to see what Iran does in their attempt to seek vengeance.
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