January 5, 2020 by Jack Anderson

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January 3, 2020. Iranian General Quasem Soleimani is killed by an American drone strike at Baghdad's airport in Iraq. The world, already saddened by Australia being literally on fire, is shocked. Did Donald Trump just jumped into a powder keg? Officially, the Trump administration explains that this decision was taken because of imminent threats on American forces based overseas. Unfortunately, no additional details were provided.

Only a week ago, many had just finished celebrating Christmas and were in this phase between Christmas and New Year, where people eat too much and try to come up with their resolution for the new year. Many investors hoped for a great 2020 year, with record breaking numbers.

But 5 days into the new year, already the hopes and dreams of many are being replaced by a very dark future. Instead of hopeful realizations, the hashtag #worldwar3 is trending on Twitter and other social media platforms.

Trump made a public appearance from Mar-a-Lago on Friday, giving some details on the matter:
"As President, my highest and most solemn duty is the defense of our nation and its citizens.
Last night, at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number-one terrorist anywhere in the world, Qasem Soleimani.
Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.
Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous: To terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American, we will find you; we will eliminate you. We will always protect our diplomats, service members, all Americans, and our allies.
For years, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Quds Force — under Soleimani’s leadership — has targeted, injured, and murdered hundreds of American civilians and servicemen.
The recent attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq, including rocket strikes that killed an American and injured four American servicemen very badly, as well as a violent assault on our embassy in Baghdad, were carried out at the direction of Soleimani.
Soleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion, contributing to terrorist plots as far away as New Delhi and London.
Today we remember and honor the victims of Soleimani’s many atrocities, and we take comfort in knowing that his reign of terror is over.
Soleimani has been perpetrating acts of terror to destabilize the Middle East for the last 20 years. What the United States did yesterday should have been done long ago. A lot of lives would have been saved.
Just recently, Soleimani led the brutal repression of protestors in Iran, where more than a thousand innocent civilians were tortured and killed by their own government.
We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.
I have deep respect for the Iranian people. They are a remarkable people, with an incredible heritage and unlimited potential. We do not seek regime change. However, the Iranian regime’s aggression in the region, including the use of proxy fighters to destabilize its neighbors, must end, and it must end now.
The future belongs to the people of Iran — those who seek peaceful coexistence and cooperation — not the terrorist warlords who plunder their nation to finance bloodshed abroad.
The United States has the best military by far, anywhere in the world. We have best intelligence in the world. If Americans anywhere are threatened, we have all of those targets already fully identified, and I am ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary. And that, in particular, refers to Iran.
Under my leadership, we have destroyed the ISIS territorial caliphate, and recently, American Special Operations Forces killed the terrorist leader known as al-Baghdadi. The world is a safer place without these monsters.
America will always pursue the interests of good people, great people, great souls, while seeking peace, harmony, and friendship with all of the nations of the world."

What is quite certain is that the Iranian will retaliate, in one way or another, even if Donald Trump mentioned that he "did not take action to start a war."

Politically, some argue that Trump, which criticized his predecessors for dominating with their presence over the Middle East, may have an ulterior motive, which is not difficult to understand in the beginning of this election year. But if some think that a War President will likely be re-elected, they may not realize the potential negative impact on the economy. Indeed, there are big chances that Monday will be a very stark day for the stock markets. Unemployment rate is at a lowest while the S&P 500 is at an all-time high. Could this Iran crisis be the start of another financial meltdown? The following weeks and months will be crucial.

 Comments (1)

By CryptoGirl on 2020-01-11 02:34:04 ET
I seriously did not expect 2020 to start that way. What a sad world we live in...

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