Iran: A Global Escalation Beyond Sanctions and Words 👀

Tommy Chia / Stena

Tommy Chia / Stena

A recap

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, is an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. The deal was reached in 2015 between Iran, China, France, Russia, the UK, US, Germany, and the EU during the Obama administration. In May 2018, President Trump withdrew the US from the deal and imposed new sanctions. He stated that the existing nuclear deal didn’t deter Iran from being a bad actor, such as through continued development of its ballistic missile program and funding of terrorist groups.


Tensions rising

As a result of the US withdrawal, Iran’s currency plummeted, and Iran threatened retaliation. Earlier this month, Iran officially breached its uranium enrichment commitments in the nuclear deal. Also this month, the U.K. seized an Iranian-flagged oil tanker near its overseas territory of Gibraltar, alleging the tanker was violating sanctions by shipping oil to Syria. On Friday, Iran responded by seizing a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz “for failing to respect international maritime rules.”


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Britain warns of 'serious consequences' if Iran doesn't release seized tanker as regime insists it was 'reciprocal' move

The Blaze: Iran Seizes British Oil Tanker, Escalating Tensions With Western Powers


Outlets on the right also report on the seizure, but their reporting differs markedly from the left in that they paint Iran as the villian without recognizing that Iran was fulfilling its commitments in the nuclear agreement and Pres. Trump started rattling sabers first.

LEANING LEFT:

Politico: Iran says it has seized British tanker

Huffington Post: Iran Seizes British Oil Tanker In the Strait Of Hormuz



Outlets on the left factually report Iran’s seizure of the British tanker, but they take the perspective of Iran as a retaliator for Pres. Trump withdrawing from the Obama-era nuclear agreement. By taking this approach, the left leads its readers to potentially see the latest escalation as a tit-for-tat response to a problem that Pres. Trump created.


Where's the common ground?

Both sides claim to not want war, but the escalation in tensions is quickly escalating beyond the Middle East into a global conflict without an end in sight. It was only 18 years ago that the U.S. invaded Afghanistan that has led to the longest war in the history of the U.S. That was followed by the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the current fraught situation in the Middle East. All sides would be wise to remember these conflicts before plunging the region into another war.  

A real-time reaction of all of us atm:

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