World War: Season 3

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Students at the Citadel prepare for the next potential war, as they get drafted before anyone else (Photo courtesy of Tripp Neal).

Everyone has seen the mass of Tik Toks and memes about the next World War, but what’s the actuality of this war happening?

Tensions between Iran and the United States have been long-standing. According to ABC News, there has been dissension between the two countries since the early 20th century. During Obama’s presidency, both countries agreed to a nuclear deal where the presence of nuclear weapons in Iran was decreased. On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced the withdrawal of the US from the Iran Nuclear Deal. 

On January 3, 2020, the United States led an airstrike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. He was a major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and leader of its Quds Force. The Quds Force is a division responsible for extraterritorial military and surreptitious operations.

“I think that the assassination is really complicated. Personally, I do not so much like drone strikes in general. It sets a dangerous precedent. It makes things too easy that now, even if someone is standing on foreign soil, you don’t even need to look them in the eye to harm them,” said Brashier’s Government and Economics teacher Jenna Griner.

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Many people are making fun of the potential threat of the world going into another world war (Photo courtesy of Sarah Neal).

The assassination is causing Iran to rage. IBTimes says that in response, Iran fired ballistic missiles on an Iraqi airbase where US troops are stationed. Fortunately, the US said it had received a warning of the strikes on the base, allowing troops to take cover. While there were no fatalities, 34 U.S. military personnel suffered from serious head injuries and concussions. TIME Magazine says that President Donald Trump decided against a counterattack, not willing to risk a border war with Iran. His decision was unusual, seeing as that in the past the US tends to retaliate against any strikes on military bases, ships, or planes. After Trump’s decision, the tension between the US and Iran was eased and the two countries are at a standstill.

“I don’t think the war is going to happen. I don’t think we will see traditional warfare ever again. I don’t see countries openly declaring war against each other. We’ve lost the taste for it because people have seen the horrors of war. Now there are much smarter military plays than an actual war. There will be a lot of political posturing, but not a war,” added Griner. 

Instead of seeing all-out warfare, we are seeing more of a Cold War. Just like in the 1940s, two countries are experiencing tension with one other. Threats of war are being made, but it’s unlikely that either of the countries are going to declare war. Plus, it’s not in the best interest of other countries to get involved. 

“I don’t foresee this ‘war’ going anywhere. There is no reason that the US and other countries, like Russia or China, want to fight. I think that hypothetically if we went to war with Iran, then we would directly interfere with Russia’s relations with Iran. If that did happen then Russia and China would get involved and ally with Iran. But there is no likelihood for them to agree to go to war,” senior Noah Schmidt told the Bengal Beat. 

While Iran and the United States have been at each other’s throats for some time, there is not a high chance of another World War. 

“I think that if World War 3 were to break out, there would be heavy economic sanctions placed on the countries at war, like Iran. I think the global economy would honestly maintain itself. Just like in World War 2, I think the US economy would boom because of the need for military supplies and nationalism,” said senior Max Winsch.

Countries that are allied with Iran and the United States agree that the idea of another World War would be devastating. Because of new technology, there would be a chance that Would War 3 would end in a nuclear holocaust. Albert Einstein said that “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones,” referencing the use of nuclear weapons. While there is still much uncertainty, it’s unlikely that this world will see another global war.