Hell of a “mistake” to make. Though I suppose it is pretty baffling when compared to the strikes against U.S. bases which seemed deliberately planned out to avoid casualties and implying a lack of discipline or loose grip of control in the army is a move that goes against the grain for strongmen, so I’m really not sure what’s being played at right now.
All I know is the threat of war is very real. The fickle deflections of a man as allergic to accountability as he is dismissive of consequence does nothing to allay my fears. The briefing about just why in the name of all that’s good and sane the decision was made to straight up murder an Iranian general could be boiled down to “quit asking questions” and the only imaginable reason for it is because a complete lunatic wants everyone to forget he’s on trial and to stop saying mean things about the shit he does. Shit like this. Which has officially claimed lives. And despite reportedly considering the assassination the worst possible idea nobody put their foot down.
The world has taken notice. Any direct Iranian reprisal whether it follows the conventions of war or is unabashedly terrorist doesn’t seem as frightening as the thought of how America’s former allies will respond to another illegal war on false pretenses especially after Trump’s continuous insults and flagrant outright betrayals, to say nothing of his more horrifying insinuations about his absolute contempt for international laws and utter indifference to treaties. There can’t really be said to be a chain of alliances this time around but the way I see it it’s very much the same powder keg as WWI. Because even if America survives Trump the precedent has been set. In a future election cycle another complete lunatic might get in and be able to wreak just as much havoc under the impression they can do so with total impunity. There’s not a lot of love lost between most of the world and Iran but self-interest is going to come into sharp focus and whether it comes to blows with countries that are afraid of being carpet bombed on a whim because of a bad press day or even former allies deciding that a strike on their own soil might be imminent from petty spite and gunboat diplomacy being applied to what should be peaceful trade or relatively limited in the form of a sudden vacuum of political influence it’s going to get ugly and countries like Russia and China will be waiting in the wings with their own power plays.
Damn it. Feels like the sky is falling.