Tensions between Iran and US escalate

Marissa Pekular, West Hills Editor

From national headlines to twitter memes, the US-Iranian conflict seems to be stirring up fear, angst and uncertainty among people. Although tensions have been rising between the two countries for decades, a recent US attack on Iran has sparked attention from all sides of the political spectrum.
Earlier this month, Donald Trump ordered a drone strike, targeting and ultimately killing Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani. In Trump’s perspective, the purpose of this assassination was to stop a potential war between the two countries. Consequently, Iranian leaders are outraged, and its people are uneasy.
Trump and other members of the White House considered Qasem Soleimani to be a terrorist and a threat to American citizens. The military leader was a powerful and valuable asset to Iran’s armed forces and the nation’s security. Recognizing his value and threatening potentiality, Trump committed the single most daring American act in the decades-long conflict.
A week after the airstrike, massive crowds gathered in Tehran, Iran’s capital, to mourn the death of Soleimani. Iranians were grief-stricken but incensed, chanting “down with the US” at the funeral. Iranian leaders also vowed to retaliate against this attack by removing US troops from the region, while also promising to take military action against America.
Additionally, in the wake of this attack, Iran announced that it would no longer heed to the restrictions regarding the 2015 nuclear deal. This deal outlines that Iran must limit its sensitive nuclear activities, and allow international inspectors to assess any advancement in their weaponry.
Americans across the country, and some Democratic politicians, have voiced their concerns over this intense attack, and are worried for the future to come. Some fear that this strike may have only worsened relations between the two countries and provoked the Iranian leaders to consider war.
On the other hand, the Trump Administration, along with many Republicans, view the circumstances differently. In their perspective, the US and Iran have been engaged in a cycle of violence for years. The US was limited in how it could react to Iran committing small-scale attacks on Americans. However, killing the military leader could make the Iranian government think twice about taking any more violent actions against Americans.
CCAC political science professsor, Mr. David Manel said in an interview,”I do not believe this strike was necessary to avoid a war. Short term, it certainly escalates tesions.”
No matter the political party, a few things are certain. First, committing this airstrike was an extremely bold and unprecedented attack on the United States’ behalf. Additionally, the true consequences of Trump’s decision will not be fully felt for a while. Although Iranian leaders promise to retaliate, it is not known how or when.