U.S.-Iran Tensions U.S.- Iran tensions have shaken the world and remains a pressing topic.

In December of 2019 and January of 2020, United States tensions were heightened with Iran. Relations had been tense because of a nuclear deal that the U.S. had imposed on Iran, in order to prevent Iran from gaining materials to build a nuclear weapon.

The deal was, “really supposed to keep tensions mellow,” senior Mary Elizabeth Cox said.

The situation started to boil over with the killing of a head Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani on January 3, 2020 by the U.S.

This sudden assassination sparked massive anger and mourning among the Iranian people, and promises of revenge against the U.S., which caused fears and speculation in the U.S.

“I was kind of shocked,” Cox said of her reaction to the news of the killing. “When you have such a prominent figure taken out of that, especially without warning, for any side, it makes things a little bit more tense.”

“I’m sure [President Donald Trump] has plenty of reasons for why he wanted to,” order an airstrike to kill Soleimani, Cox said. “I think when we get the full information on why there was supposedly conflict, and why we believed they were going to attack the united states, I guess we can fully speculate as to whether or not he should’ve been killed”

Sophomore Isabella Ramos agrees with the decision to kill, but believes it was a bit too sudden and drastic.

“He was a bad person, but I feel like it was a rash decision to make,” she said. Ramos stated that her initial reaction was, “very much panic,” surrounding the possibility of a war

Junior Nick St. Germain strongly agreed with the assassination, since it is speculated that “he [Soleimani] killed or injured thousands,” of people

When Iran swore revenge, fears of war suddenly erupted in the U.S. and across the world.

Many people started talking about a possible World War III, and memes suddenly started to show up on social media feeds and on the Internet.

Ramos agrees, says, “they’re very funny, but also kinda scary.”

Memes and jokes on the topic of such a serious situation such as war, may seem strange and insensitive.

I think if you look at the history of the world, a lot of people have just learned to cope with humor, and so I guess in a very scary time, it’s easy to make light of things that are actually very terrifying,” Cox said.

Many people in America have not had to experience war.

Ramos agrees, saying, “It’s also indicative of how detached America is from war, because none of us really in our lifetimes have had to be drafted or be in a war zone. We are very lucky to be able to do that.”

Sophomore Handje Tamba says “he was coming to basketball practice, and my friend was talking about a potential draft, stuff like that,” referring to the memes. “we were just laughing, I was just joking with them.”

Tamba said that, “he’s not really a fan of,” the memes, explaining that, “people don’t know what those kind of memes can do” to mar the harsh reality of war.

Many of the memes focused on the subject of a draft, which is actually not a realistic issue.

It has been predicted by experts and news outlets that any act of warfare between Iran and the U.S would most likely be sporadic actions, such as drone or cyberattacks, which do not require large amounts of soldiers on a battlefield.

Aftermath of airstrike that killed Soleimani.

“I think in the past it [the draft] was more necessary, but honestly now with the technological advancements that we have in warfare, wars are probably not going to be fought with actual troops,” Cox stated.

St. Germain agreed, saying “at this point, with what we have in our military, we could just do an airstrike or something like that, we don’t need to deploy all these people.”

The memes also started a conversation on equality regarding if women should be included in a draft, should a draft take place

“In the sake of equality, I think at some point I think they will probably end up implementing both men and women being drafted,” Cox predicted.

Although it is unlikely a draft or a conventional war will take place, the U.S.- Iran tensions have shaken the world and remains a pressing topic.


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