US-Iran Tensions
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The latest US-Iran tensions have been the talk of the (global) town, lately. Probably, Iran has crossed all the limits that qualify it to be attacked by the US, that in the recent past has found less justified reasons to wage war on the countries.

Afghanistan, Iran’s closest neighbor, is a country which is known for the scarcity of every possible commodity except disorder, was made to suffer a war by the US for a reason far less justified than Iran is continually providing it for last few months. In 2001, the US had declared war on Afghanistan on a mere presumption that Osama was hiding there, and after a decade of war, it was not in Afghanistan where he was found hiding, but in Pakistan.

Then a few years later following the Afghan war, the US indulged itself in Iraq to find the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), that were never found even after digging the entire country. After bringing Saddam to justice by hanging him, and after reducing the country into its ancient counterpart, Babylon, The US finally shrugged that there were no WMDs.

More recently, another example of US involvement is in Libya where the US affected a strategy that facilitated in completing the eventual downfall of Qaddafi regime, inflicting the omnipotent ruler of the North African country the most embarrassing death suffered by any ruler in recent history. And yet US-Iran tensions have not amounted to a skirmish, never mind a full-scale military engagement despite that it has been more aggressive than many of those countries whose conduct invited war. Why?

Even though it is not confirmed yet, it is no wonder that the world blames Iran for the mysterious ship attacks in the Persian Gulf. On both occasions, in May as well as in June, ships were attacked by unknown assailants. If the ship attacks were not engineered by Iran’s foes to defame the notoriety of the Shia state with the purpose of rendering it into further isolation, than the most likely act of mischief-mongering of ship attacks is the genius of none other than Iran itself.

Even if it was not the exhausting point for the US, then Iran came up with another one to excite US-Iran tensions as it had the temerity to bring down the US drone. The US answer, at this height of tension, was not more than an empty threat when the US President Trump revealed that before giving it a second thought, he had ordered the airstrikes over Iran. These developments, besides other things, suggest the prudence of the incumbent President of the United States, the virtue that lacked in his recent predecessors. Although Trump’s nationalistic disposition that seems more readily bent upon war, he has been acting more wisely at least in matters involving foreign policy. For despite the funny exchanges of words between the US President and the North Korean leader, the two finally created history by finally making into reality the unprecedented person to person contact.

On Iran also, the US restraint has been exceptional, or rather unbelievable, and whose credit goes as much to Trump as it goes to the formidability that Iran enjoys as a nation, and whose absence led the previous US administrations to care less about the cost-benefit analysis before attacking other countries.

Despite the US-Iran tensions, there is no war forthcoming. For the schism, that was always present, whether political, religious or sectarian, is conspicuous by its absence in Iran. In both Afghanistan and Iraq, the US policy had been to exploit the sectarian element into its favor, where it used the Shia forces against the Sunni administration. In Libya, the US saw the advantage in a political dimension where popular dissent was used to bring down the regime. But Iran is not Libya, neither Afghanistan nor Iraq. By the virtue of the unity by which, despite US-Iran tensions, there is hardly any expectation of the US attack on Iran.

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