Cold War in the Middle East

Over the past few weeks, those who actively pursue international affairs must have noticed the immense aggravation of tensions between Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Ever since, President Trump unanimously withdrew his nation from the Iran Nuclear Deal, which came as a relief to regional allies such as Israel relations between Iran and the US have deteriorated to an all-time low. 

Many analysts have tried to understand the US's policy towards Iran, as they continue to ramp up pressure on the country's already fragile economy. The series of diplomatic and political steps taken by the US is nothing short of an attempt to overthrow the incumbent Islamic Regime. Putting aside the fact that this form of aggression is denounced under international law as it is a violation of a state's sovereignty, the US attempts to bring about a regime change are by no means effective. On the contrary, they act as a force that further derails Iran's progress towards democracy. 

As the US and its allies join forces to create a "NATO-like" organization in the Middle East to combat the threat of Iran, they further alienate the citizens of Iran from the rest of the world. They also hinder the efforts of moderate politicians who are actively seeking to establish democratic institutions in Iran. Through their actions, the US has united the various political groups in Iran. The victims of this conflict remain to be the citizens, who have their economic livelihoods uprooted. The citizenry of Iran has demonstrated their frustration in various protest throughout the country. The US hopes that as individual actors, the citizens of Iran will take actions into their own hand to overthrow the Islamic Regime. However, this approach is doomed to fail. As a united political entity the Iranian Regime will take all measures to deter citizen revolts, this includes all measures of violence. The presence of violence will extinguish any passionate attempts by Iranian citizens, who have witnessed the devastating costs of Civil Conflict in neighbouring countries such as Syria. Additionally, as the citizens of Iran are economically displaced by the US, they grow to resent the West. This in turn further cements the regimes anti-west propaganda but also acts as a way to radicalize the liberal-minded youth of the country. Thus,  this plan of action which assumes the intended behaviour of the Iranian people and their government will only act to further escalate a conflict with Iran. 

The above gallery portrays headlines from Reuters and Al Jazeera, depicting the escalation of hostilities between the actors involved in the conflict. The different framed news sources shed light on the dangers of a potential outbreak of conflict, as each party takes defensive measures that threaten their rivals. In reviewing these headlines, I hope readers can witness how we are edging closer to a potentially devastating international conflict, while at simultaneously seeking to halt the Iranian Regime at the expense of the ordinary citizens.