US vs Iran
So far we have not mentioned Israel, Syria and Lebanon. That is another problem that can turn a US-Iran war into a regional one. If Iran fires on Israel, Israel will launch a pre-emptive attack on Syria, just in case Syria attacks Israel. Even if Israel doesn’t attack Syria it has to keep most of its forces on the border in case Syria honour its defence pact with Iran and attack Israel.
Having Iran, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan involved in a war with US will affect all the Muslim countries from Turkey to Algeria to Indonesia. Many Muslim governments will face a tremendous pressure from their population to take action. Most vulnerable countries such as Egypt and Jordan may fall. Other countries such as Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia will be destabilised. Pakistani government, if it doesn’t cut its ties with the US, will face a revolt.
The rest of the world will be affected too. Oil, the substance that greases the wheels of our economy will become too expensive for many of us to afford. The world economy will suffer stagflation (inflation and unemployment). The outcome will be a terrible world-wide depression. Let us hope that this will never happen.
It is only necessary to make war with five things; with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city and the discords of families.
Pythagoras (582 BC - 507 BC)
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