Trump Has Ended ‚Proportionate Warfare‘ against Iran — Will It Last?

„Following Iran’s firing of 15 missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops last night, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that „Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense.“ Even if early reports are accurate that the missiles killed no Americans — perhaps even deliberately — the days when Iran could count on its aggression being met by a „proportionate“ response from Washington may be over.
Iran’s proxy forces assaulted the U.S. embassy in Baghdad late last month and, in response to a purported „imminent attack“ organized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), President Trump took the splendidly disproportionate step of killing General Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the IRGC’s Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the commander of the Iranian-sponsored Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), thus breaking what journalist Jonathan Tobin called „the wheel of appeasement.“ “ (…)

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