Students speak out after mentions of a World War 3

Recently, there has been a lot of tension in the news due to the U.S.’s killing of the Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani. The U.S. President has stated that the reasoning of the killing was due to the idea that the Iranians were plotting against U.S. facilities. Although people think this conflict between the U.S. and Iran is recent, there’s actually been issues for the past 40 some years. In 1979, the U.S. had pushed Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last emperor of Iran, out of his position. Then the U.S. replaced the leader with Ayatollah Kholemani who also happened to support the United States. Protestors and groups were against the previous emperor because of their strong beliefs. This on top of the Iran hostage crisis and the takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran has escalated this tension.

So why does this matter? This recent event of the drone killing of Soleimani has caused major controversial issues. One side sees it as a pointless killing because there was no proof of a threat, and now there’s a bigger tension. Another side sees it as a smart decision because the U.S. has had weak relations with the Middle East. Another side sees it as the President wanting to start a war just to get reelected just as Trump said about Obama in the previous election. 

Although we all have been enjoying the World War III memes, some have seriously thought of what might happen because of our actions. 

 

Do you think the U.S. will go to war with Iran? 

Darrah Young (11) said, “I think if we do we’ll be using outside powers, and it won’t be a direct war.” Darrah thinks a war won’t necessarily be fought head on with Iran. “No, because both countries have too much to lose if we did,” Connor White (12) said. Hannah Hass (11) said, “Honestly, if we were to go to war we probably would’ve started one after the first major conflict between both countries.” Kade Roberts (11) said, “I don’t think we would because they pretty much settled the issue, and the missiles have already been sent.” Mallory Brown (9) said, “I think we were just trying to look tough in front of other countries.” Everyone has slightly different views on the war topic, but generally no one really thinks the U.S. would go to war.

 

Do you think Trump will start a war on purpose? 

“I wouldn’t say on purpose because we’ve been very manipulated into almost a false sense of hope through previous presidents,” Darrah said, “Unless we have to then yes.” Darrah explained how she believes previous President Obama acted like he wanted to start a war to gain support from the other party while Trump has been put into this situation unintentionally. Connor said, “No because while people say a war is a surefire way to keep someone in public office, presidents tend to lose popularity the longer a war goes on.” Hannah said, “I don’t think he would unless something extremely bad happened.” “No I don’t think he has any reason to with what’s happening now,” Kade said. “He might just to get reelected, but I think it’d be stupid to do,” Mallory said. 

 

If there was a draft, do you think women should be drafted? If yes, does that make you a feminist?

Darrah said, “I don’t personally think so, but those who are pushing for equal rights should know it’s a possibility. Darrah also mentions she is not a feminist. Connor White said, “I just think there are more women who aren’t suited for the military than men, but it’s just the culture around it, and I don’t think anyone should be drafted. Hannah thinks those who want to fight should be able to, but it shouldn’t be forced. Kade Roberts said, “I believe if they want to be equal with men then they should be able to.” Mallory Brown said laughingly, “I don’t think there should be a draft, but no because I don’t want to.” 

 

Do you think it’s a coincidence how Trump said Obama would start a war to get reelected, but some people think that’s what’s happening now? 

Darrah Young, “Obama just wanted to look like he was going to start a war, but Trump has just been thrown into this situation, and even though we killed their leader, we were saving lives.

”I think this administration has an attachment to the last one, and I think it’s just time to move on for the American people,””

— Connor White

 Connor said. Kade said, “I just think it’s a coincidence that he’s put into the same situation.” Mallory said, “I definitely don’t think it’s a coincidence.” 

Overall, the students have their own distinct views on the situation and wait to see what the countries will do moving forward.