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Iran’s Strikes Against the U.S. Demonstrates the Unipolar System Is Truly Over

Iran Will Likely Use Asymmetric Warfare to Expel the U.S. From West Asia

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

When U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, he certainly had not expected that Iran would respond in the way it did by bombarding two U.S. military bases in Iraqi territory. It is likely that his advisers had convinced him that no country in the world had the courage to attack the U.S. so blatantly as no one else had since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. The Iranians did of course, as was expected by those who understand the ideology of the Islamic Republic that has a deeply ingrained martyrdom complex that stretches back to 680AD when Imam Ali Ibn al-Husayn was killed in Karbala, Iraq.

Trump has claimed that there were no American casualties while Iran has claimed there were at least 80. With the Erbil and Ain al-Assad bases bombarded and several U.S. aircrafts, drones and helicopters destroyed, it is unlikely that there were no U.S. casualties – however there is no way in knowing at this time whether there were 80. We can expect Washington to keep the true number of casualties a secret, in complete opposition to Iran who openly celebrate their martyrs.

The Ain al-Assad military base is the largest and most equipped U.S. base in the region, and one of a few U.S. special bases around the world, at the size of about half of Lebanon. The fact that the Americans have deployed their most sophisticated radar systems in Iraq, many of which have been destroyed, demonstrates the ineffectiveness of the Patriot missile defense system. This was despite U.S. forces in the region being put on high alert. This will only be in Russia’s favors as it continues to lure the S-400 system to potential buyers.

Not only did the attack on the Ain al-Assad military base expose the ineffectiveness of the Patriot system, Iran also targeted the Erbil base in Iraqi Kurdistan. This base was a center to try and encourage the Iraqi Kurds to rebel against the central government in order to put pressure on the central Iraqi government. The attack on the Erbil base was a warning that even a U.S. withdrawal into Kurdistan does not make them any less safe.

It was expected by most commentators that Iran’s retaliation for the martyrdom of Soleimani would be in the form of utilizing its regional paramilitary allies on U.S. positions. By directly attacking U.S. forces brazenly and openly, Tehran has demonstrated that the U.S. are not safe in any part of the region. However, Iran had no choice but to retaliate as it would demonstrate the country’s leadership only had empty rhetoric in defending itself. The U.S. would certainly be more inclined to carry out further attacks against Iran and its allies if Tehran did not respond.

If there is a war going on in Iraq between the U.S. and Iran, it probably will not be limited to one country and will engulf the whole region, and potentially, across the world. Washington cannot be counted on to abide by international laws and regulations. The countries in the region, particularly the Gulf States, should also bear in mind that the presence of U.S. bases on their land will not only fail to provide security, but will also endanger their national security as all states who assist the U.S. in any aggression against Iran will become legitimate targets, as Tehran has already warned.

Rather, the murder of Soleimani has only united Iranians, including those who have been protesting across the country since November, blaming the government for the increased fuel prices and difficult economic situation, ignoring the crippling U.S. enforced sanctions. The major demands of the Iranian people are now for the expulsion of the U.S. military from the region, something that the Islamic Republic’s leadership has loudly and clearly demanded as well.

Now that Iran has made its first response to the U.S. so directly, Trump for now is refusing to respond militarily and will impose greater sanctions against Iran. However, Iran has already made the demand that the U.S. withdraws from the region. To achieve this without directly provoking Trump again, Iran is likely to employ the militias it backs in Syria and Iraq to target U.S. military installations. With any Israeli involvement in this war effort, Iran can use Hezbollah and various Palestinian militias to pressurize the Jewish state internally and externally.

Therefore, since Iran has already promised to expel the U.S. from the region, the next phase of the anti-U.S. war effort will be asymmetrical warfare by Iran. If Iran engages in asymmetrical warfare, the return of dead and wounded American soldiers will severely hamper Trump’s re-election campaign this year as he originally ran on the ticket of criticizing wars in West Asia when he was competing for the presidency against Hillary Clinton years earlier. The Iranian leadership are now in control of the future of the West Asia and have demonstrated they are willing to retaliate against the U.S. who is seeking to maintain the unipolar hegemonic world order that emerged with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Iran has once again shown that the 21st century is not one of unipolarity that Washington hopes to maintain, but rather multipolar with several strong middle and Great Powers.

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Its always considered good social etiquette to phone ahead first…😂

Olivia Kroth
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Thank you for this very good article, Paul Antonopoulos. I am glad the danger of another war has been defused. The world needs more peace, not more wars, in 2020. And yes, it is a very good idea that President Trump keeps the numbers of casualties for himself (secret), if there were any. We really do not want to know the numbers of another US bodycount, one of those innumerable bodycounts of US casualties in innumerable US instigated aggressions and wars. “Trump has claimed that there were no American casualties while Iran has claimed there were at least 80. With… Read more »

Dan Kuhn
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The key to all of this Olivia is that the myth that the Americans can attack even Iran, with impunity has been destroyed. Americans have been spoon fed the propaganda that the US can defend itself agains missile attacks with it`s anti missile systems. Even the most obtuse of Americans now know that that is just a myth. The Iranians in just two inexpensive actions, the attack on the Saudi oil facilities and the two US airforce bases have shown the world the vulnerability of all of the 800 American bases around the world. If the US were to go… Read more »

Brokenspine66
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The attack on the Saudi oil facilities are carried out by Yemenis but with Iranian + other weapons which they inherited from the old regime + I guess with a kind of a tech-support hotline to Iran, because they can’t get any stuff from them because they are under blockade + siege from day one of the war. Yemen is a poor country but they are also educated and some of them studied somewhere abroad and they are at least as smart as the Iranians and able to copy + reverse engineer weapons or read some blueprints.

Dan Kuhn
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I agree with you. I also believe that it was the Yeminis that attacked the oil facilities of the Saudis. My point is that the Americans blamed the Iranians. When in fact they gave credit to the Iranians in carrying out the attack. The devastating after math is that the Patriot System and its radars have been proven to be not only ineffective but absolutely useless. It proves that the US is as vulnerable as it has ever been to Russian, and or Chinese missile attacks should the US choose to start a war with those countries. It is hard… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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PRESS TV: Iranians won’t be deceived by unbelievable US cooperation offer: Envoy to UN Thursday, 09 January 2020 10:04 AM [ Last Update: Thursday, 09 January 2020 10:25 AM ] Iran’s UN envoy has dismissed as “unbelievable” Washington’s renewed call for cooperation amid mounting sanctions on Tehran and following the assassination of a senior Iranian commander, stressing that the nation “will not be deceived” by such statements. Majid Takht-e Ravanchi made the comments to IRNA on Thursday hours after US President Donald Trump delivered a speech on Iran’s missile strikes targeting two American bases in Iraq to avenge Washington’s targeted… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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TASS: Legislator certain there will be no war between US, Iran in the near future The Russian lawmaker believes the adversaries were able to stop at the brink of an abyss MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Iran and the United States have been able to break the circle of mutual accusations of aggression, and there will be no war between these countries in the near future, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s (upper house) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday. “There will be no war between the United States and Iran in the foreseeable future,… Read more »

George Hartwell
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George Hartwell

If the tiger keeps looking useless and toothless, then bluff and bluster will have less and less effect. “The fact that the Americans have deployed their most sophisticated radar systems in Iraq, many of which have been destroyed, demonstrates the ineffectiveness of the Patriot missile defense system. This was despite U.S. forces in the region being put on high alert.”
Any aggressive move by the USA should receive another bombardment on USA bases until they comply with the ‘get out,’ command. Every time exposes the uselessness of their defenses.

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