Implications Of The Renewed US-Iran Crisis By Asiwaju Oludotun Adetunberu (Ph.D)

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The United States of America assumes the role of a global police in our contemporary multilateral world. This is evident in her compelling campaigns against terrorism across national borders towards enhancement of global peace and security.

Following the 9/11 attack, America has consistently made fighting terrorism abroad and at home an important integral aspect of her foreign policy.

No wonder, one of the United State’s foreign policy objectives under President Donald Trump, inspite of palpable inconsistency and other shortfalls in terms of effective implementation, is the imperative of security, which focuses on fighting terrorists abroad, strengthening border, defenses and expansion of the U.S. military capacity.

Since the invasion of Iraq under Bush Presidency in retaliation to the 9/11 attack, the battleground for U.S to test her military capacity and strength has mostly been domiciled in the core of the Middle-East. For reason not far from fighting international terrorism or terrorism at the international level, the United States had had reasons to trample on Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria and now Iran, given how Qasem Soleimani, Commander of the elite Quds Forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was killed in a US strike at the Baghdad’s International Airport few days ago.

While this assassination has received praises from the US President Donald Trump, other superpowers and middlepowers across the world have expressed grievous concerns owing to the escalating tension and regional dangers that the act could spur and impel.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that the late Iranian Commander Qasem Soleimani had been on the wanted list of the US for allegedly killing more than 450 innocent Americans and found attacking some sovereign US Territories in the Middle-East region. It was also reported that same Soleimani was a major pillar behind the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s government, that he allegedly provided the militias who defended Assad and supervised the aggression on the anti-Assad’s forces which accounted for the killing of thousands of U.S military troops in Syria; and that he is planning another massive attack on the U.S., to mention few of his offences.

Ironically but not surprising, this alleged terrorist (Soleimani) according to the United States has suddenly attracted to himself an emblematic gesture of a Martyr, even in death, just as the Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to avenge his death amidst thousands of Iranians who have also trooped out condemning his murder and celebrating him as their true hero.

No wonder it is being said that, “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom-fighter. An act which the United States has branded as Terrorism which accounted for her aggression is what other Superpowers like Russia and China; and Middlepowers like North Korea and Iraq have branded as devotedness to national interest of the Iranian State, patriotism and display of radical resistance to illegal interference and dominance of the U.S.

Many theorists have evolved trying to provide some explanations to this scenario, as below:

(1.) That, Trump’s regime has been enmeshed in crisis with Russia, North Korea, China, etc. and most of these countries have healthy bilateral relations with Iran, hence, the attack on Iran is a means of spiting the foes of the U.S; (2) That, Iran at some point fired the first salvo by shooting down the drones of the U.S, hence, Trump deliberately want to go to war with Iran to retaliate and more importantly because it’s election year in the USA, he intends to score some political point with his offensives in Iran. Every president does so in an election year. Bush did same; Obama did same too; (3) In the face of uncertainty, that, power formation within the global order may change as states such as Russia, China, North Korea, Syria, Iraq, etc may choose to align forces with Iran for power balancing against the U.S. that is gradually being caught up by his principle of Isolationism in reality (4) that, U.S is possibly eyeing the Iranian oil by creating the crisis just like it happened in Iraq and Libya.

For me, I agree that Terrorism is the bane of international Peace and Security especially in the nuclear age, which must be condemned by all in totality, yet, I strongly feel the extra-judicial killing of the Iranian commander by the US contravenes the respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations as imbued in the provisions of the international law. When illegality is deployed to cure illegality, it produces criminality. You don’t fight terrorism acting like a terrorist. You don’t kill an alleged terrorist in such a gestapo manner without any form of trial or fair hearing, yet, rush to twitter to celebrate such bravado as a President. That in itself is a worse dimension of terrorism in its criminalistic sense.

The international community is at the verge of tougher tension and threatening dangers in coming days while the US aggression lingers and Iran’s resistance intensifies, just as the UN has just woken up from its deep sleep to begin to clamour for peace at the extreme limit of the11th hour.

When Iran shutdown US drone, what did the UN do to forestall future crisis? Nothing, except that the UN was watching like a spectator!

And now that the US have struck, in the face of potent vows to retaliate, the UN came up with the theory of gulf war and impending dangers.

Let’s see how it goes.

My only fear is the global economic implications of this crisis for oil pricing and marketing globally just as crude oil price has increased by 3%, I just pray the Nigerian government keys into this opportunity and make the best use of it.

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