We’re only three days into 2020 but already tensions are running high on the international stage.
Following an attack on the US embassy in Iraq, which America has blamed on Iran, the US launched airstrikes against Iran. Qassem Soleimani, who leads Iran’s elite Quds force, was killed in what was deemed by the US as “defensive action.” Iran called the move "state terrorism". The killing has further escalated tensions with Iran, and it remains to be seen how they’ll respond.
Trump awoke this morning and, as he so often does, took to Twitter to vent his frustrations.
In a string of tweets, Trump blamed Iran for taking too much control over its neighbour Iraq.
Most bizarrely, Trump insinuated that America had done lots for Iraq, saying:
The United States has paid Iraq Billions of Dollars a year, for many years. That is on top of all else we have done for them.
Interestingly, Trump left out the part where America led a legally questionable war against Iraq to search for weapons of mass destruction which never existed.
He also left out the part where hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died in the aftermath of this war.
The Iraq Body Count project (IBC) puts the number of civilian deaths since the US-led invasion at between 183,535 – 206,107 people.
It's true that the US has been supportive or Iraq's attempts to become a functioning democracy, and that there were videos which appeared to show Iraqis celebrating the death of Qassem Soleimani. But to brag about "all else" America "has done" for Iraq is perhaps pushing it a little.