Juergen Trittin: Trump has declared war on Iran (german interview)

The USA, more precisely Donald Trump, has declared war on Iran – says Green politician Juergen Trittin. Just imagine if Iran had killed the second US official, Mike Pence, with one blow from the air, says Trittin.

And that is precisely the point: how credible is the statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for example, that they want to contribute to “de-escalation” in view of this escalation?

And how credible is the mantra that Trump’s supporters and the US President himself keep repeating that Trump does not want war? The US president is blatantly threatening to destroy Iranian cultural assets. This is a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions.

And: Trump defies the Iraqi parliament’s decision to withdraw US troops from the country. He does so with a method that is almost typical: he demands money and threatens sanctions:

„We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it. If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis. We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.“

You cannot formulate your ambitions for power in a more unvarnished way. This already has imperialist traits! Because it is mainly the USA that has an interest in the military presence in Iraq.

Domestic political motives

Juergen Trittin in any case suspects “domestic political motives” for the escalation of the situation. The murder of the second man in Iran happened without even informing the US Congress beforehand.

Either way, Trump has so far failed to deliver on his promise to withdraw from the Middle East. And that provokes opposition even among his supporters such as Fox presenter Tucker Carlson:

„Is Iran really the greatest threat we face? And who’s actually benefiting from this? And why are we continuing to ignore the decline of our own country in favor of jumping into another quagmire from which there is no obvious exit? By the way, if we’re still in Afghanistan, 19 years, sad years, later, what makes us think there’s a quick way out of Iran?“

Juergen Trittin

Photo: Sven Teschke, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35495008
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