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25 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 25 June, 2019 01:07:14 AM
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Use prudence in settling US-Iran imbroglio

Use prudence in settling US-Iran imbroglio

While it is easy to resort to recriminations and point fingers at either Iran or US, the best move would be for the leaders of both countries to act like statesmen and not like trigger happy cowboys.

 The tension in the gulf rose when two oil tankers came under attack from anonymous sources. Now, US is saying that it has irrefutable proof of Iran’s complicity in the sabotage, though the pictures that have been shared with the world media are too grainy to prove anything definitively. At the same time, in an age where image and even voice can be doctored to manipulate a situation, giving any credence to the images would be unwise.

The ill will rose further with the downing of a US drone, which Iran said had violated her airspace. In reaction, US decided to go for air strikes though the retaliatory attack was called off with President Trump reportedly saying that the perceived human cost of such a move was too high. It seems that despite engaging in bellicose rhetoric, the US president has done the most sensible thing – refraining from taking the conflict further. Iran had always stated that it never wanted any war and now America has also shown that it can un-cock a gun at the last minute to avert a catastrophe.

From a third country viewpoint, which has cordial relations with both Iran and the US, such sabre-rattling is disquieting because if, by chance, one side does anything impetuous, the repercussions would be monumental. Thankfully, both sides have taken a step back which is a victory of common sense. The world has seen major showdowns of weapons edging towards nuclear Armageddon, especially in 1962, over the Cuban Missile Crisis. At that time, dialogue plus ego checks proved fruitful and the world was saved from a global conflict. Taking lesson from that confrontation, US and Iran should both find a middle path, where peaceful co-existence is possible.

The US, as one of the most powerful countries in the world, should play its role in ensuring an amicable dialogue. No discord can be settled with weapons, at least not in the current world where war is not limited to conventional weapons only. In a time when cyber wars are waged behind the scenes, the targets are not soldiers but communities of ordinary people – keeping this in mind, both countries must set an example of a rational compromise. When powerful nations show restraint, they set examples for all other countries.

 

 

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