We live in a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.
Omar N Bradley
On 3rd of January 2020, an Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization was killed in Baghdad, Iraq by a US airstrike under the directives of the president of the United States of America Donald J Trump.
The MQ-9 drone used in the strike, fitted with Hellfire missiles, is deadly because of its combination of stealth, ability to fly higher than a commercial aircraft and capacity for carrying significant firepower.
This strike was in response to a secretly planned attack on American diplomats and military personnel and the approved attacks on the American embassy in Baghdad in response to U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on 29 December 2019, and that the strike was meant to deter future attacks.
As the world rapidly recovers from the shocking assassination of General Soleimani and other various events and comments after the assassination, there have been two separate missiles attack on US bases in Iraq; one in Al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province and another in northern city of Erbil, plus a 4.9 magnitude earthquake in Iran and the crash of a Ukraine Boeing 737 that killed 180 passengers and crew members.
As speculations and debates rage on about which allies will join the warring countries, a pertinent question will be?
What does a third world country stand to gain in joining one of the divide?
Iran on it’s own could call upon proxy militias in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Syria; all of which are countries battling infrastructural decay, corruption and rapidly increasing debt profile.
American allies in the region — includes Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, UAE and others.
What is the perfect definition of a Third world countries: We can categorize them as countries with high mortality rates; especially infant mortality rates, unstable and inconsistent economy, massive amounts of poverty, hunger, zero to zero technological development, fewer natural resources, overdependence on industrialized countries and increasing foreign debts.
As the war of chess between US and Iran starts to take shape, roping in its allies in the region won’t be much of a surprise at this point especially with the situation in Iran.
The US Department of Defense has estimated the incremental costs of the Gulf War at $6.4 trillions, with US allies providing about $54 billion of that — Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states covered $36 billion; Germany and Japan covered $16 billion.
Why then should a nation battling low economic development, low life expectancy, high rates of poverty and disease join wars that they did not initiate and were only roped in because of the term “allies”?
The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was about 40 million: estimates range from 20.5 to 22 million deaths and about 20 to 22 million wounded military personnel, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.
While estimated deaths from World War II is also higher than figures from WW I, and we are flirting with a third world war.
For a country like Syria that has none relatively low peace over the last decade with over 400,000 confirmed deaths and more counting, why should her citizens be plunged into more chaos that was caused by a moment of madness aggregated by bad leadership on both sides?
Perhaps this quote by Herbert Hooves perfectly idolizes the madness of declaring war on behalf of others
“Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.”
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