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Published by Mark D. on 2020-01-09 in Pop
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Everybody, calm down! No, Donald Trump hasn't declared war on Iran, it's still early for that. So can you all stop memes from invading every single social media? People are starting to spread fake news on the matter and it's not a really good time to do that.

What did happen is that, as we all have heard, Donald Trump has killed the Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani. He was one of the most important people in Iran politics and was extremely appreciated by the population. This action, according to the US government, was to be made in order to ensure national security that, they say, was threatened by this man. Iran then has responded and says that they will seek revenge for the so called martyr.

The situation, however, is far more complicated and dates back to the 1980s, with a history of terrorism, sanctions imposed on Iran, the Iran Nucelar Deal from which the US has withdrawn, but most of all a constant interference of foreign governments in the national affairs of Middle Eastern countries.
If you want to find out more about the history, which is crucial to understand the current situation, click here for a brief but yet very useful video.

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Many US administrations before Trump avoided to kill Soleimani, and Trump himself refused to so earlier during his mandate, so why did Trump choose to do so?
He stated that this was the United States response to the attack against the American embassy led by a group of protesters in Iraq, but many are accusing him of wanting to distract the American population from his impeachement, so that this year he could be re-elected.

Whatever was the reason why Trump did this, the event is to be considered one of the most risky operation of the last 40 years in terms of diplomatic relations bertween the two countries. Experts say that neither the US nor Iran would actually benefit from another war, and on top of that Trump seems to be now seeking a de-escalation to avoid a direct conflict.

Despite that, what has been done will have very serious consequences on many states, not only in the region.
We may not call this WWIII, but we should be concerned.