Tensions rise between US and Iran


Ben Dembinski, Staff writer

  On Dec. 29, nearly 1,000 members of the Iranian Freedom Organization gathered outside the US embassy in Iran. They gathered outside the embassy to protest US involvement in their country and the recent sanctions put on their country by the US. 

   For the first few hours the protests were generally peaceful, but that soon changed on Dec. 30 when people started to throw fire bombs over the embassy wall. This marked the beginning of a short but powerful altercation outside the embassy between the US and Iran. 

   To protest the embassy, President Trump sent over 1,000 Marines to match the man power of the protests. Trump feared this attack would end like the one in 2012 in Benghazi where four American soldiers and the ambassador to Iraq died. 

   The president caught a lot of criticism for this move, with many Democrats saying he overstepped his power and that most military action should be handled by Congress. 

   That was only the beginning, though. On Jan. 2 Trump ordered a missile strike on the Benghazi airport where Iran’s second-most powerful military leader, Qasem Soleimani, was known to be located. The airstrike killed Soleimani and six other Iranian military soldiers.

   After the news of Soleimani’s death, President Trump posted a picture of the American flag on Twitter. The Democrats proceeded to criticize the president even more saying that it was an act of war and the president should have waited until congress was back from its winter break to order the strike or that the president should have told other members of Congress. The president’s response was that President Obama did not warn anyone he was going to kill Bin Laden.

   After the airstrike, there was a funeral held for the deceased general. Over 30 people died as a result of the huge crowds at the funeral.

On Jan. 7, Iran shot down what they thought was a military plane holding military troops. What ended up happening was Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner holding more than one hundred of its own citizens.The blunder is seen as human error and has sparked resentment against the Iranian regime.

   Many people have said this will cause another world war. This is simply not true, as Iran has no allies in the world except maybe Iraq or Saudi Arabia. In addition,  the threat of war is enough to keep both sides from fighting. 

   In short, another world war is not going to happen. Iran killed its own citizens, and President Trump sent marines to protect the american embassy in Iran in the face of terroristic threats. It will be interesting to see where this conflict will lead, because although it may not be a full scale war, there us no doubt either side will sit silently.