After failed war in Iraq and Libya, the United States should refrain from escalating war-like tensions with Iran. Military confrontation has never been the solution for problems between any two countries, no matter how equipped they are. Its an unrealistic path with long term consequences for the innocent civilians.
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The past week has resulted in military conflict a step closer. The US refused to extend secondary sanctions waivers for countries importing Iranian oil, which will no doubt have the effect of reducing Tehran’s sale of oil and its foreign currency income. And in response, Iran has been sending messages through a variety of channels that it cannot stand by while the US does significant damage to its economy.
However, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says ‘we fundamentally don’t seek war with Iran’. Pompeo said they have also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, they will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion. He was implying to Sunday’s sabotage on four vessels in the Gulf waters. Last Friday, the Pentagon deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Gulf.
US National Security Advisor John Bolton cited a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings when he announced the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force on May 5. The US Defense Department said the deployment were in response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against US forces and our interests.
Meanwhile, Britain has expressed concerns about the risk of accidental conflict ‘with an escalation that is unintended really on either side’. Spain has also temporarily pulled one of its frigates from the US-led combat fleet heading toward the Strait of Hormuz.
The Trump administration has reiterated that the US is not focused on a military response to Iran, but instead concentrated on a range of other policy options, including diplomacy and economic sanctions.