West News Wire: On 3 January 2020, the Trump administration authorized a drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s paramilitary forces and one of the most powerful men in the country.
The attack ignited a debate about whether it was legal and worth the risk. Previous administrations had the opportunity to take out Soleimani and chose not to, mostly because of concerns that it would lead to a series of dangerous escalations on both sides.
It was an unnecessary and extremely dangerous move that risked catapulting the two countries into a full-scale war. There’s also the possibility that Iran will accelerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
World witnessed a huge show of unity across the political spectrum of Iranians in response to the Soleimani’s killing. Iranians may not be happy with their government, but they’d rather stick with that when faced with an external attack like this, which in turn is a major blow for the United States, who has been working hard for the disunity of Iranian people through media propaganda’s and putting them under maximum economic pressure.
Iran’s paramilitary force is not a one-man show. By striking Soleimani, this entire organization has basically been given free rein to go out and target American troops in the region, which they may very well do.
The assassination provided Iran with additional motivation to turn around and target US assets and US troops in the region. Now, when a red line is set, its America who is going to have to uphold that.
Trump made statement after statement saying that Iran shouldn’t do this and shouldn’t do that. But ultimately, when Iran shot down a US drone, or targeted oil tankers, or attacked Saudi oil facilities in the region, the US didn’t really respond very forcefully.
And so Iran did what it does best, which is testing the ground to see what it can get away with and how much it can actually escalate.