Iran and the Threat of World War 3

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Iran and the Threat of World War 3

Gunnar Strom, Contributor

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Tensions are still high after the United States came close to going to war with Iran after they attacked a U.S. unmanned spy drone on June 20, 2019, 4:30 a.m. in the Persian Gulf. After the original shots were fired at the drone, the United States military almost responded with a move that would’ve likely been the start to the third World War. Reportedly, the United States Navy was 10 minutes from firing three separate surface-to-air missiles at three different Iranian military bases, however, President Trump cancelled the attack at the last second due to the fact that it would kill hundreds of innocent people who were not involved in the attack in any way.

Right now it seems as though things are doing a bit better between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Iran. That’s right, the United Kingdom, who recently had a British-flagged warship seized by the Iranian military the other day. Footage has been released of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Officer “telling a British warship not to interfere or put their ‘life in danger'”(CBS). The craft was then boarded by Iranian military troops using speed boats and helicopters. This seemed to be a bit of a revengeful move on the Iranians’ part, as just earlier this month the British Royal Navy interfered with a tanker ship carrying Iranian oil. The takeover of the ship, while legal, did not make Iran very happy.

Now, the United Kingdom and the United States are in a bit of a tough spot because of this. The United Kingdom does not want anything to do with the Trump Administration in regards to Iran. In order to protect their ships, they must put pressure on the Iranians. The Americans, on the other hand, have asked for assistance from the British in keeping Iran in line.

The United States shot down an Iranian drone soon after the Iranian military seized the British warship. The drone repeatedly flew closer and closer to the U.S.S. Boxer, coming within 1000 yards, which is a very close distance. After the U.S.S. Boxer warned the drone to steer clear several times, the drone was considered a threat and was shot down. “This is the latest provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters,” Trump told reporters, “The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel and facilities and interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce”(Vox).

As of right now, the entire thing is a stalemate between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Iran. The United States is continuously putting pressure on the Iranian military, and seems as though their military is doing it right back to the United States. The United Kingdom is trying to stay out of the issue for the time being, however they are sending more warships as of now to help protect their other assets. War is an unpopular opinion among the United States’ citizens, so it has been deemed out of the question as an option as of right now.

Sources:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1156603/iran-news-world-war-3-latest-trump-middle-east-tehran-british-tanker-strait-hormuz

https://www.vox.com/2019/7/18/20699212/trump-iran-drone-us-navy-strait-of-hormuz\

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/19/politics/iran-diplomacy-trump-rand-paul-tanker/index.html

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/why-america-and-iran-came-within-minutes-war-68362

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