On President Trump’s Escalation of Conflicts With Iran.

What the assassination of their top General could mean.

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At this point I’m sure many of us already know that yesterday, under the direction of Donald Trump the United States military ordered a drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander.

Since the day he ripped up the Iran Nuclear Deal, Trump has made extensive efforts to goad one of the most oil rich nations on the planet in to war. Previously the most tense moments involved a near air strike that would have killed roughly one hundred people, that was just ten minutes away from happening with planes already in the air when the President called off the bombing. With the assassination of Iran’s top commander, it appears we may have finally reached the tipping point.

Imagine for a moment what the United States would do if Iran’s highest government office ordered the drone strike of our secretary of defense, or our top general in the military, and killed them. Our response, no doubt, would be wrath the likes of which they have never seen. Instantaneous war.

That is what we have just done.

That is what we have just done to a country four times the size of Iraq, with a much more established and powerful military that has influence throughout the entire region.

The President’s administration has pointed to the riots in Iraq outside the U.S. embassy that resulted in the death of an American defense contractor as justification for this massive escalation, claiming there is reason to believe that Soleimani’s elite military force is connected to them. Not only that, but they cited imminent threats to more American lives. Of course, given the past history of our government in these matters, I take their claims with a grain of salt.

The Iraq war has been going on for the vast majority of my life. I was far too young to remember the details leading up to our invasion and bombing of their country, but I am old enough now to understand the brazen lies, the use of thousands of dead Americans after 9/11 to justify conflict with their country when they had nothing to do with it, and the insatiable greed of oil and defense industries that motivated it.

President Trump campaigned on the promise to end the conflict in the Middle East, and bring an end to the senseless mess that has been going on for far too long. Should it come as any surprise that he’s in the midst of doing the exact opposite?

To be clear, OBVIOUSLY we cannot ignore the death of an American citizen. But to escalate to what we’ve done is nothing less than sheer lunacy. Lunacy that likely means war on a scale we haven’t seen in decades, that will draw in most likely every other nation in the region in some way or another. We are living through dangerous times, and it’s heartbreaking to see the lengths that the powers that be in this nation are willing to go, all in the name of profit.

Iran will be joining Russia and China in military exercises in the coming days, as the United States sends thousands more troops to the Middle East in preparation for what is to come. It’s difficult not to feel at least a little bit helpless, but now it is more important than ever to demand that our elected officials do what they can to stop this.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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