NEW DELHI: In a much surprise development, the United States President Donald J Trump ordered an airstrike to kill celebrated Iranian commander Qasem Suleimani that clearly appeared to be a political adventure that also throws limelight back to his alleged nexus with deadly gang Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, popularly abbreviated as ISIS.
Americans still may have more questions than what Trump, in a justification said and in an evident desperate attempt dragged New Delhi and London into an unwarranted controversy that has escalated war apprehensions worldwide.
Trump, awaiting his trial in the Senate becoming a third US president in history to be impeached, would go for a re-election bid in November, this year.
Later in a series of tweets, the incumbent president threw a volley of threats— “The United States just spent two trillion dollars on military equipment. We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way and without hesitation!” he tweeted on Sunday.
The bizarre words from the elected leader were, however, never expected, and the Americans were quick to tweet their responses too.
We the American people don’t want war with Iran. We don’t want to spend trillions of dollars losing thousands of American lives getting stuck in another Middle East quagmire like Iraq or Afghanistan. But it seems like Trump is saber-rattling and itching for a chance to go to war,” Founder and CEO of CoolQuit Eugene Gu tweeted.
Another Twitter user @mollycrabapple said, “America just assassinated the top general of a country it is not at war with- and is most likely going to plunge not just us and Iran, but also Iraq into a bloodbath. Idiotic, illegal lunacy.”
The US citizens were not merely concerned but alarmed by Trump’s oblivious action that led millions of Iranians onto streets in sheer protest. Separately, several activists and non-profit groups worldwide have denounced the offensive strike on a legitimate commander of a state’s force.
“2 trillion on a WAR. What we can’t afford – Debt-free Education, Healthcare for all, Clean water, Reconstructing Puerto Rico, Paying our teachers like college-educated professionals and Feeding the Homeless,” @_SJPeace_ tweeted.
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders condemned the killing of Solemani, and said, “Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one.”
Sanders, however, described the drone strike as a dangerous escalation by Trump, and promised to end the US-led wars in the Middle East.