Trump is to blame for Iran conflict

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at 6:25 PM

The relationship between the U.S. and Iran is long, simple and violent.

As recorded by BBC, the first U.S.-Iran conflict was the 1953 overthrow of former Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq. His overthrow was conducted by U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies after Mossadeq had looked to nationalize the Iranian oil industry.

From that point on, every encounter seemingly involved never-ending violence and death.

In 2015, under President Barack Obama, the U.S. and several other nations signed and adopted the Iran nuclear deal. This deal was meant to guarantee world peace and establish an understanding among those in “P5+1” and Iran.

In layman’s terms, Obama signed the deal to make sure that those who are a part of the U.N. permanent security council (China, England, Russia, France, the U.S) as well as Germany were the only nations to have nuclear weapons, because they are all a part of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). This is an agreement that those nations will not let nuclear weapons or technology spread, and that they will promote peace and peaceful ways to use nuclear energy.

From the outside, the treaty worked. According to the BBC: “in September 2013, a month after Iran’s new moderate president Hassan Rouhani takes office, he and US President Barack Obama speak by phone — the first such top-level conversation in more than 30 years. Then in 2015, after a flurry of diplomatic activity, Iran agrees to a long-term deal on its nuclear programme.”

With the end of the Obama administration came the end of peace and nuclear proliferation with Iran. After a year under the scandalous and ever failing Trump administration, the U.S. had dropped from the agreement with Iran.

As if Trump had not done enough of pushing China’s buttons when he placed strict sanctions on them (and kept raising the percentage and in turn making China, one of our biggest trading partners, pay more money to sell their goods in America), he put tighter restraints on Iran by hitting them with more aggressive sanctions as well. He also accused them of attacks in the Gulf of Oman and started flying a drone over the Strait of Hormuz (to be determined if that was international waters or Iran territory).

Trump’s attempts to antagonize Iran worked. The Iranian government stayed in the treaty, but failed to follow all of it guidelines. It was the beginning of the end for the Iran nuclear deal.

Then, “On 3 January 2020, Iran’s top military commander, Gen Qasem Soleimani, is killed by a US drone strike in Iraq,” the BBC reported. “Iran vows ‘severe revenge’ for his death and pulls back from the 2015 nuclear accord.”

And to no one’s surprise, Iran officially pulled out of the treaty.

Iran is not without fault. In 1979, during the Iranian revolution, the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran was overrun by protesters, who kept 52 American hostages for 444 days. Almost 40 years later, there was (and still is) speculation of the Iranian government bombing a Saudi Arabian oil facility, supplying weapons and aid to the protestors in Yemen and then assisting protestors in Iraq in the overthrow of the U.S. embassy there.

It’s clear that the Iranian government is a threat to the U.S. and that America’s government is a threat to Iran, and in turn making war possible and likely. However, who was the aggressor in all of this?

T R U M P

Trump has been one of America’s most scandalous, vulgar and unpredictable presidents. He ran his 2016 campaign on fear and hate, and he is doing the same in 2020.

Trump aggravated Iran, and now the world sits and waits to see who will make the next move and officially start war (it will likely be the U.S.).

While we wait for war to break out overseas, because Trump has the negotiation skills of an angry warthog, he fills his spare time tweeting, antagonizing and waiting for the Democrats to choose a candidate. Meanwhile, he attempts to keep the nation divided with hate for Iran and fear for oil deprivation and nuclear war.

What is without question is that since the U.S., under the Trump administration, pulled from the Iran nuclear deal, there has been nothing but tension between Iran and the U.S.

War is always a possibility and shouldn’t be taken off anyone’s radar. But peace is also a possibility and should be the goal for any current and future U.S. president.

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