The death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has set off intense worldwide debate. While the United States considered him a terrorist responsible for the death of many American, Iranians considered him a national hero. This week, thousands of people attended Soleimani’s funeral in Tehran where a stampede erupted killing almost 40 people.
Since the airstrikes, Iranian General Ismail Ghaani announced that Iran would be taking ‘actions’ against the US as revenge for the death of Soleimani.
How likely is World War 3?
Thus far, there has been no declaration of war between the US and Iran. If the U.S. military was spared casualties and Iran takes no further measures to retaliate for Soleimani’s killing, there might be an opportunity for Washington and Tehran to seek a way out of their escalating tensions. Iranian Foreign Minister stated on Twitter, “We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression”.
Moreover, in order for this to become a world war other international powers would need to become involved. Russia has condemned the US attack on Iran, but it is still uncertain whether Russia would ally with Iran in the case of an actual war.
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs labelled the decision as “fraught with grave consequences for the regional peace and stability” in a statement on Friday.
However is widely believed that China, as a world superpower, would opt to remain out of any conflict between the US and Iran.
US allies such as the UK, France and Germany seek a diplomatic response to the crisis, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for “de-escalation from all sides”
For reason, we can hope that should either state attempt to escalate tensions into a full-blown war, allies can calm them down and urge them to learn from the mistakes of history.