WW3: Trump Threatens To Bomb Iran As Red Flag Of War Unfurls In Iranian City
The year 2020 has started with a bang (quite literally)! As Iran mourns the death of their Major-General Qassem Soleimani on the orders of US President Donald Trump, the topic of World War 3 seems to be trending.
As the general’s body was finally rested, Iran vowed for revenge on America and all Americans. Soon, news of ‘red flag’ unfurling atop a mosque in the Shiite holy city of Qom, a symbol of both blood spilt unjustly and serve as a call to avenge a person who is slain came in. This shows the seriousness of Iran’s call for avenging the death of Soleimani.
Flag on top of mosque based on flag of tent....In our ancient wars they raise red flags when the enemy commits murder and remain red until revenge.— رسول پورتیمور???????? ???? (@RPourteymour) January 4, 2020
On the other hand, Trump has warned of bombing sites important to Iranian culture if Tehran retaliates against the assassination of Soleimani. This just goes on to further hamper any diplomatic negotiation and leading to an all-out war, experts said.
In his shocking threat that is being seen as amounting to a war crime if carried out, Trump clearly doesn’t seem to be in a mood to back down from a fight.
“Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats,” Trump said in a set of tweets on Saturday evening.
....hundreds of Iranian protesters. He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2020
....targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2020
Trump made the threat after a long explanation of his threat. His tweet read: “Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he (Gen.Suleimani) had killed over his lifetime, including recently…hundreds of Iranian protesters. He was already attacking our Embassy and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years.”
Trump’s direct threat to attack cultural targets, irrespective of provocation, is first of its kind in modern diplomacy or warfare. Many analysts said it crossed the boundaries of targeting legitimate military sites. There were also a few who compared the threat to Taliban’s deliberate destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha, a UNESCO heritage site in Afghanistan.
But a number of people were sceptic if Trump would ever carry out such an attack. Colin Kohl, a former Obama administration official, “For what it’s worth, I find it hard to believe the Pentagon would provide Trump targeting options that include Iranian cultural sites. Trump may not care about the laws of war, but DoD planners and lawyers do…and targeting cultural sites is a war crime.”
While Iranian foreign minister Javed Zarif made sure Trump knew what his threat meant. His tweet for the US President read: “Having committed grave breaches of international law in Friday’s cowardly assassinations, @realdonaldtrump threatens to commit again new breaches of JUS COGENS; -Targeting cultural sites is a WAR CRIME.”
He further went on to say: “Those masquerading as diplomats and those who shamelessly sat to identify Iranian cultural & civilian targets should not even bother to open a law dictionary. Jus cogens refer to peremptory norms of international law, i.e. international red lines. That is, a big(ly) “no-no”.”
Meanwhile, officials of Trump administration are busy trying to portray Qassim Soleimani as an anti-American warlord who directed the killing of US personnel. But there are people who doubt Trump’s try on this too. His particular effort to link Soleimani to 9/11 is under scrutiny too, because the late General was a Shia and a sworn enemy of the Sunni inclined al-Qaida and ISIS.
To raise eyebrows, ISIS was the common enemy of both the US and Iran and experts are of the view that the Iranian general’s assassination has come as a treat for the ISIS.
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