Tensions between the United States and Iran are undoubtedly rising. No, we are not officially in a war yet, but we are in a “state of warfare” as I would like to call it. The tensions between the two countries started when President Donald J. Trump ordered a drone strike on January 3, 2020, killing Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani. 

       For those of you who do not know, Gen. Soleimani was the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

After that event, it seemed like the news was blowing up with different headlines and stories coming from the area. 

       What some people fail to understand is that days before his death, Soleimani ordered multiple air strikes on U.S Baghdad’s Embassy.The President had ordered the killing of the general six months before it happened in June of 2019, so this was nothing new.

       The Pentagon also was concerned about Soleimani’s future actions and how they could affect the United States. They stated that Soleimani was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”

       Then, almost a week after the killing of the general, an Iranian missile “accidently” brought down a Ukrainian Jet.

This unintentional air strike killed all 176 souls onboard the plane. 

       A lot of criticism came to the president after this happened. Some people say that it was unconstitutional to order the killing without congressional approval.

       One thing about the whole attack that concerned me are the growing tensions that arose directly after the attack when the United States ordered all Americans to leave the area. 

       The official statement from the state department read as follows, “Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy urges American citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately.”

       This was absolutely the right move from the state department. Get all of our citizens out of the area before anything can happen.

I just do not want this to turn into another Iraq War. That caused millions of people to protest in the streets against the war and many Americans did not approve of the war. 

In my opinion, I do not like war at all, but as president of the United States, it is Donald Trump’s job to take national security as his number one priority. 

He killed a known terrorist that was a threat to our national security and I don’t believe people should be complaining about that.

However, with every action comes consequences. I do believe that Donald Trump is trying to protect the American people and I ultimately do not believe that a war will come from this. 

DISCLAIMER: This article is the sole opinion of connor crawford

Connor Crawford can be contacted at ccrawford@kscequinox.com

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