End game regarding Gen. Soleimani

Published: 1/20/2020 9:32:40 AM
End game regarding Gen. Soleimani

Iran currently maintains full diplomatic relations with 97 countries worldwide. Most Americans are aware that Iran has allies in the Arab world comprising of Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait and parts of Iraq. But also the flow of Russian-made conventional weapons to Iran — notably sophisticated surface-to-air defense missiles — has increased markedly of late. Iran and Russia are also military allies in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq and partners in Afghanistan and post Soviet Central Asia.

China and India are Iran’s largest crude oil customers. Both China and India have remained defiant amid threats of U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil imports.

The bottom line is, if the White House thinks that the elimination of the Iranian General Soleimani will bring the Iranians to their knees, then we have another thing coming. Iranian allies are probably more committed to Iran than the American European allies who no longer entrust or have any confidence in U.S. foreign policy. Besides, European countries could easily be vulnerable to Iranian proxy attacks, especially France.

Bill Paul

Chicopee




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