Assassination of Qasem Soleimani’s has shook world order. Warmongering is on. Here analyzing the true Allies of the USA and Iran — IF we go to war.
Are we on the brink of World War 3? On Friday, January 3, POTUS Trump ordered an airstrike that has since been compared to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the event that triggered World War 1.
Heads Up! Who sides with USA and who sides with Iran if they go to war?
- The relentless war-mongering and hysteria
- Allies that Iran can rely on
- Allies sure to side with the USA
- The silent spectators who may stay neutral
- The Russian and Chinese Stand
- Collateral damage
- Comparing the military might of both the nations
Trump’s airstrike killed the Iran’s supreme military commander Qasem Soleimani. The Pentagon said that President ordered the US Military to take a “decisive defensive action” which was to “protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani”.
The attack sent waves across the world where all other major powers, first, second and third grade urged both the sides to exercise restraint. But hell had already broken loose.
Iran is now determined to take “a crushing revenge” and “harsh retaliation” for what it sees as an “unjust assassination”. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader had said that the “continuing fight & ultimate victory will be bitterer for the murderers & criminals”.
A full-blooded war will involve not just Iran and USA but several nations that side with one or the other due to diplomacy or ideology,
So, while war-mongering and trolling happens, it is still too soon to draw any conclusions. A full-blooded war will involve not just Iran and USA but several nations which either due to diplomacy or ideology, side with one or the other. It is bound to be catastrophic.
Allies of Iran
From the last two decades, Soleimani’s tactics have garnered Iran the loyalty of lakhs of soldiers from Iraq, Yemen, Syria and the Gaza strip. Be it Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or in Lebanon, Iran is a pivotal player in the Middle-East Politics. In the past few decades, it has conducted several proxy wars in Syria, Yemen and in Lebanon headed under Soleimani’s leadership.
Iran enjoys the loyalty of lakhs of soldiers from Iraq, Yemen, Syria and the Gaza strip.
Right after the US invasion in Iraq in 2003, Soleimani created Iran-backed Shiite militias. In Gaza, Iran stands alongside Palestinian refugees and the Hezbollah. It has always condemned the attacks by Israel, a close aide to the USA.
In the ongoing proxy war in Yemen, Iran helps Shiite Houthi rebels fighting against Saudi Arabia. In Syria also, Iran’s backing was crucial in helping Assad prevail over the ISIS. But ties with the US too mean that Syria’s position may be a precarious one.
Allies of the USA
Canada, Poland, France, Germany, UK and all other NATO allies of the west stand with the world’s strongest country America. Israel is also a US ally and an enemy of Iran. Non-NATO allies such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Australia have also openly supported USA.
Canada, Poland, France, Germany, UK and all other NATO allies of the west stand with the world’s strongest country America.
But despite the continuing tensions, Rouhani said Tehran was working daily “to prevent military confrontation and war” and dialogue with the world remained “possible”. However, there are enemy and unfriendly countries too that can join hands with Iran.
It includes North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and Palestine. Surprisingly, it is very interesting to know that the two permanent UN members Russia and China who can change the plot for the US.
The Silent Spectators
India, Brazil, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Kazakhstan, and Somalia are the few countries that would urge for peace. Apart from these countries Afghanistan and Pakistan would not choose to raise a war against Iran. They both share territorial boundaries with Iran and any enrage can turn into a huge repercussion.
Any war involving even two of the three powerhouses (USA, Russia and China) can lead to a complete breakdown of the international political order.
Russia and China perhaps will remain silent. Any war involving even two of these powerhouses can lead to a complete breakdown of the international political order. Being the three most powerful nuclear nations, restraint is crucial by the other two when there is prevalent volatility witnessed on the part of the USA.
Iran’s initial reaction to the thoughtless move by the US President also came with collateral damage when it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane by accident, killing all 176 people on board. While the USA had initially denied any injuries from the Iranian missile attacks, since then reports have noted that at least 11 American service members at the targeted Iraqi base suffered concussions.
Both USA and Iran are indulging in relentless hatred and war-mongering. Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei is busy gaining support for bigger retaliation against the US. President Trump on the other hand is circulating hysteria in the US and his followers vehemently spreading Islamophobia.
Comparing the Military Might
Iran is enriching more Uranium than it was before the 2015 deal, which the US pulled out of in 2018. However, despite the well-known nuclear program, it currently does not have a nuclear weapon. Nevertheless, Iran is a third-grade military power with the eighth largest in the world at with 523,000 active and 350,000 reserve personnel. As per Global Firepower and Business Insider, Iran as a military power ranks at 14th out of 137 countries in the world.
About the US, it ranks 1st globally with a Nuclear arsenal bigger than all others combined. With 1,380,895 military personnel it ranks 3rd globally. It’s military budget of USD 748 billion amounts for 36 percent of global defence spending. Compared to this Iran’s budget in 2019 was a meagre USD 13 billion.