The world most particularly the people of Iran were shocked when they found out that a well-known Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was killed in Baghdad after a US drone attacked their convoy coming from the airport.
The government of Iran was quick to strongly denounce and in fact openly vowed for vengeance in the killing of one its renowned general and leader second only to the most powerful Prime Minister in Iran.
After the incident. Protesters set ablaze a sentry box in front of the US embassy building in the capital Baghdad to protest against the weekend’s air strikes by US planes on several bases belonging to the Hezbollah brigades near Al-Qaim, an Iraqi district bordering Syria, on December 31, 2019. Several thousand protesters attacked the US embassy in Baghdad, breaching its outer wall and chanting “Death to America!” in anger over the weekend.
Here’s how it all happened:
This year 2019 — months leading up to the attack
- December 31 – Protesters and supporters of pro-Iranian paramilitary groups in Iraq broke into the US embassy in Baghdad, setting parts of it on fire – and Trump put the blame on Iran.
- December 27 – A rocket attack on an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk killed a US contractor, wounding several others. Two days later the US military carried out “defensive strikes” in Iraq and Syria, killing 25 people.
- November 15 – The Iranian government abruptly raised its fuel prices by as much as 300 per cent.
- November 7 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of preparing “a rapid nuclear breakout.”
- August 17 – Nuclear war between the US and Russia could plunge the Earth into a 10-year winter, if fires from ballistic missiles would throw a staggering 147million tonnes of soot and dust into the atmosphere – blocking out sunlight for years, scientists warn.
- June 17 – Iran announced it intends to smash the strict uranium stockpile limits set under the nuclear deal.
- February 25: The US said it has no immediate plans to deploy missiles in Europe and has dismissed Putin’s warnings as disingenuous propaganda.
- February 2: Vladimir Putin follows President Trump’s lead by vowing to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) within six months after Trump accused him of breaking the agreement. Announcing the plans, Putin threw shade at Donald Trump – suggesting he is too “immature” for meaningful talks.
- February 1: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the U.S . was suspending pulling out of a 32-year Cold War-era nuclear missile pact, the INF.
This year 2020..
- January 3:Â Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei promised “harsh vengeance”, “jihad” and “crushing revenge” on those responsible for the death of Qasem Soleimani.
- January 3:Â Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani was killed by an air strike at Baghdad airport after orders fromUS President Donald Trump
The provocative actions of the US govt towards Iran could spark another costly unrest in the region — dragging many Western allies and other rival superpowers like China and Russia into an armed confrontation.
Accordingly, the former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has even likened the confrontation between the US and Iran to a “game of chicken”.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program he said: “Well, it’s an incredibly dangerous game of chicken that’s going on at the moment, because both sides have calculated that the other side cannot afford, and doesn’t want, to go to war.
But what if – just what if there’s a probability that such a war could be started and or maybe in fact, it has indeed been started by the US drone attack in middle-east? Are we ready for World War 3?
The world is not ready for another world war — there’s too much at stake
Since the conclusion of the bloody first world war, which was of course, presumably being dubbed as the war to end all wars were more than just a temporary solution to settle the scores between Europes biggest imperial rivals at the time and that as decades, passes by — another war will break out and this time even bigger due to the technological advancements of the military and their growing efficiency to kill more men than has ever been before.
At the end of the Second World War, the world has grown weary and tired of the constant warfare and many simply would wish for it to stop. True enough, it didn’t last long as political turmoils in Vietnam and Korea prompted another series of war due to of course political differences and superpowers vying to influence more regions to contain their rivals (US, China, Russia).
The world economy has a combined GDP of 86,598,831 in all of the 194 countries in the world. That number was pretty small if we look back twenty-years ago. And how did it all ended up like that?
It’s because of ”globalization”. This is when countries would prefer to trade products and services to each other instead of missiles, bombs and bullets to get what they want.
They figured that its more costly of state-material and resources to wage war against another enemy state just to get what they want like say oil or strategic bases etc. All of these things can be acquired or influenced through politics or perhaps trade deals or investments without resorting to an all out war.
Also, there’s a huge risk of being ganged up on if you are the aggressor and other countries could potentially join in and open up multiple theaters of war, which will ultimately spread your defenses and at the end your country will be destroyed and invaded by foreign powers.
So if you ask me. It’s highly unlikely that everything would escalate pretty quickly to another world war unless — of course unless someone strikes first killing many civilians. Especially, if such attack were made using nuclear weapons.
Nuclear War – Philippines will abandon the US and support China instead
In the event of a Nuclear War, which may possibly happen this year. The Philippines will surely choose to side with Iran and of course China. And that decision is of course pretty alarming.
Why? Because China, Russia and the ragtag hermit state of North Korea were, of course, absolutely no match to the combined strength of the Allied Forces which includes many of Europes superpowers including the mighty navy of the Great Britain.
Most of these countries had complex missile defense systems, including AEGIS and advanced THADD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) systems which will surely mitigate the impact of nuclear armed missiles in those regions. Thus, their survivability will surely be higher compared to countries like for example the Philippines, which is completely defenseless against such type of attacks.
The US has several nuclear armed submarines roaming around the Pacific and at any moment could fire a salvo of nuclear armed missiles near the shores of its enemies like North Korea or China of course, including the Philippines who has since renounced our alliance with the US and opted to stick with China through thick and thin.
What does this mean for us? It meant the total obliteration and destruction of the Philippine homelands — leaving millions dead and homeless with the subsequent threats of nuclear fallout.
Everything will be in ruins. Duterte and his rich oligarch friends can easily board a plane or a submarine out of a country. Perhaps, to Beijing to wait out the end of the war.
However, the rest of the gullible populace wouldn’t be so lucky and would surely suffer the consequence.
Pretty sure. China does not stand a chance in the US in an all-out confrontation. Given the fact that the Chinese army lacked the proper equipment and training than their regular US counterparts.
Worst, China does not even have a Joint Command where the chiefs and leaders of all divisions of its armed forces can plan out and synchorincally work together perfectly to achieve victory.
It’s understandable since the political control of the army is not by elected leaders of the people, but the members of the Chinese Communist Party. The People’s Liberation Army of China only swore to defend the integrity and safety of the party leaderships and not its civilians.
The Chinese soldiers were not fighting for their homeland or for their people but for the safety of their political leaders and oligarchs in China. They wouldn’t be so inclined to put their lives on the line in pursuit of total victory.
In fact, China does have a long record of defeats. With one that we can always remember is when we kicked their asses in South Korea in the Battle of Yultong : 1000 Filipinos vs 40,0000 Chinese soldiers.
So to conclude this opinion piece of the current massive social-media humdrums of World War 3 after the US attack in Baghdad killing an Iranian General.
I’d say – the current political situation in the Philippines wouldn’t be so favorable towards the best interest of its people and would arrogantly stand in favor of our enemy and the invader of our territorial rights in the West Philippine Sea – China than our ally who’s been with us for longer and has shown so much commitment in our development as a free-democratic country in the Southeast Asia.
Had we continued down the path of freedom and opened our hearts to liberalism and our minds set in motion by common-sense. Perhaps, this country would surely have been one of the greatest and economically prosperous country than our neighbors.
Now here we are. Making the same mistakes we did centuries ago. Our greatest weakness is our tendency to worship our idols and political patrons — greater than our love for the motherland.