Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Despite Calls for Global Ceasefire, Trump Threatens War With Iran Amid COVID-19

Medical martial law, a ruling class looting spree, and escalating threats against Iran. The System is on the prowl.

By Andrea Germanos

Common Dreams

As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on world economies, claims tens of thousands of lives, and cripples healthcare systems worldwide, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to threaten to attack Iran and make the country “pay a very heavy price” for any “attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq.”

The threat comes on the heels of the Trump administration crippling Iran’s access to crucial medial supplies as it battles over 47,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 by ramping up a sanctions regime on Iran that leading economists said was “feeding the coronavirus epidemic” and progressive organizations and Democrats said must be eased in light of the deadly disease.

“Unsatisfied with a global pandemic and an economic collapse, Trump wants to add a major war into the mix,” Stephen Miles, executive director of Win Without War, said on Twitter in response to Trump’s tweet.

Miles detailed “a series of escalations” the White House has taken with Iran since Trump took office, including his 2018 formal departure from the Iranian nuclear deal.

“It’s impossible to say with certainty right now what is happening on the ground that’s leading to this latest talk of war, but one thing is clear, we did not have to be here,” said Miles. “The President chose to put us on this path and he continues to own the consequences of his actions.”


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  1. All territorial “leaders” are addicted to power and more or less power-mad. Sooner or later they victims could and should become aware of this and secede from them and panarchistically and peacefully compete with them – in their diverse networks of like-minded volunteers.

  2. No one, anywhere, is informed, intelligent and wise enough to rightfully and rationally run the internal and external policies and systems for the whole population of any country. Not only in war-times but also in peace times would this decision-making territorial monopoly greatly infringe many to all genuine individual rights and liberties. Typically, no territorial government has so far tried to declare, realise and protect all of them. Even the best of them do exist only via the suppression of some of the most important individual rights and liberties, like individual secession and personal law choices, monetary and financial freedom, freedom to migrate. – Present presidential powers do still have all too much in common with the wrongful previous powers of territorial lords, monarchs and emperors. – JZ, 3.4.20.

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