By Fadi Abu Deeb
This morning, it was announced that an American military operation had killed the Iranian General Qasim Suleimani, the leader of Al-Quds Force, which was the Iranian military long arm in the Middle East. Under Suleimani’s guidance, the Iraqi military groups (Al-Hashd) was able to defeat ISIS. Suleimani is also known for his vital role in guiding the military resistance against Israel and the Al-Qaeda groups in Syria.
It’s self-evident that Iran will not remain silent after the assassination of one of her most important generals, if not the most important at all. Nobody knows what Trump was thinking of when he ordered this offensive. But it probably one of the most childish movements that has been performed by USA lately, which was -not surprisingly- praised by many members of the Republican senators. (Chomsky describes the Republican party as the most dangerous organization on Earth!)
The situation in the Arab-Persian Gulf has been under tension for a few years, especially after the coup in Yemen led by A-Houthi military group and the Saudi-Emirati aggressive operation taking place since 2015. This situation took an exponential escalation after the mysterious attack against the Saudi oil giant Aramco, which was probably initiated by Iran or Iran-backed militias.
For now, it is not a far-fetched question to ask: Has Trump Just Announced WWIII, or at least a regional war in the Middle East?