The Iran vs United States Threat


Chloe Simmons

Iran- While the student body and staff at LMC was enjoying their Christmas break, tensions between the United States and Iran stood at odds. These tensions were caused by the death of General Suleimani. 

Just last week Tuesday, Iranian protests rioted at the funeral of General Suleimani who was killed in an American drone strike in Baghdad.

It was discovered that there was more than the general’s death that occurred during this drone strike. It was reported that forty people had been killed and 213 injured. This shook many Iranians, but the true threats began even before the funeral procession for the general. 

According to the New York Times, the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps vowed to “set ablaze” places where Americans and their allies live. This same day, chants were yelled: “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” as Israel has been a close ally to the U.S. and an enemy of Iran for a long period. 

It even went as far as for Iran to pass a bill declaring the American military’s top leadership to be “terrorists,” according to the news reports in state media. 

This led the Defense Department to form a letter to Iraq, informing them that American troops were being “repositioned” out of Iraq. This caught the attention of multiple news report headlines claiming the American withdrawal had begun. 

However, this letter was just one mistake made by the U.S. 

“It was an honest mistake,” General Milley told reporters at the Pentagon. “That letter is a draft, it was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released.” 

With this mistake, the government made it clear there will be no decision to leave Iraq. 

“There’s been no decision made to leave Iraq, period,” Mr. Esper said. “There is no decision to leave, nor did we issue any plans to leave.” 

With these recent threats, President Donald Trump’s leadership is now being challenged. For now, there is no true long-term strategy by Trump except for his antagonistic twitter tweets during the day. 

President Trump continues to make comments on this issue as well. He even went as far as to suggest attacking Iranian cultural sites. 

“They’re allowed to kill our people, they’re allowed to torture and maim our people, they’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people, and we’re not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn’t work that way,” the President said according to a pool report. 

The President, however, fails to understand how an attack on cultural sites like a religious or historic monument might endanger civilians.In violation of several international treaties, it would likely be considered a war crime, causing more trouble than is necessary. 

Trump’s response is the decision that will see if these threats and problems will escalate or calm down. 

There are no casualties reported yet within the United States. Nevertheless, there have been conflicting reports about an attack by Iran missiles at an airbase used by U.S. in northern Iraqi city of Erbil. Local media has reported that it had landed inside the international airport, but failed to explode. 

Another missile landed near the town of Bardarash, about thirty miles from Erbil, but caused no damage. Furthermore, there have also been reports of a possible third missile landing twelve miles from Erbil, but it was unclear whether it exploded. 

Despite these few attacks from angered Iranian leaders, the President has made a comment on this issue and stated on his Twitter account: “All is Well” just today. However, Senator Lindsey Graham has called the ballistic missile strike by Iran “an act of war … by any reasonable definition” and went on to say Mr. Trump has “all the authority he needs under Article II to respond.” 

It is unclear whether this Iran and United States conflict will turn into a war. More information is reported on this matter daily, so please head to the New York Times and other news sources for more details.