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America and Iran: Bernie Sanders Blasts Donald Trump

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Outspoken US senator Bernie Sanders has descended on President Donald Trump, blasting the president for his posturing on America’s rising tensions with Iran and the growing possibility of war between the two.

Trump took to his favourite medium Twitter to threaten Iran by saying that it will be “the official end” of that country if they want war with the USA.

The 2020 Democrat presidential candidate hopeful was not pleased with the US President going on Twitter to threaten a sovereign country with war. He lashed out at Trump, referring to him as “the schoolyard bully”. Senator Sanders then pointed out that neither the president nor any of his billionaire friends would have their children and grandchildren taking part in the fight if America goes to war with Iran.

For many years there has been bad blood between America and Iran, occasionally rising to dangerous highs where the two countries have been involved in deadly skirmishes. In very recent years, America’s relations with Iran have deteriorated under President Donald Trump.

Presently, America claims Iran is preparing to attack Americans in the Middle East, using substitute militant groups in the region, according to intelligence they have gathered. In response, the US has sent an aircraft carrier and naval fleet into the region, increased their missile defences and recalled some staff from their embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, to get them out of harm’s way.

These actions – the presence of the ships and aircraft especially – are a show of force meant to deter Iran from carrying out its suspected plans. However this “try-me-and-see” message can be dangerous. Any small mistake or accident will be coloured by America’s suspicion and alertness, and be seen as a provocation to war, drawing the two countries into yet another conflict.

After attending a closed door briefing on the situation, Bernie Sanders was not convinced and speaking to journalists, recalled how the US went on a wild goose chase looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Ironically, one of Donald Trump’s old tweets from 2013, show him criticising then President Obama tension with Iran, predicting that Obama would attack Iran due to his weak negotiation skills.

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