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Iran: Past US presidents are silent, while Trump is at verge of starting war
DESPITE the tension brewing between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran over the killing of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, past US presidents have remained silent on the matter.
A check by the ICIR showed that former presidents; Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter have not issued a public statement on what could possibly be the start of a war that may claim lives of US citizens.
Soleimani was killed in an airstrike authorised by United States President Donald Trump.
In response, Iran has promised to avenge the death of the former commander of its Quds Force.
Governments across the world have spoken out, condemning the action that pundits described as capable of causing a major war in the Gulf and placed the US at edge of a growing confrontation with Iran.
Amidst the growing tension, Trump, the third president to face impeachment in the history of the United States, has in a tweet threatened to attack 52 cultural sites in Iran.
Although the president has doubled down on the statement, it has done nothing to ease the brewing crisis.
Similarly, none of the three living former presidents of the United States have expressed opinion in the public about the looming danger.
Obama’s last post on his verified Twitter page was shared four days ago and it was a tribute to David Stern; commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 2014. Clinton on the hand shared his sympathies on Australian wildfires and encouraged people to help victims of the climate change mayhem.
95-year-old Jimmy Carter who was president from 1977 – 1981 is also yet to utter any words on the matter.
Meanwhile, a republican congressman, Rep. Paul A. Gosar, tweeted a doctored photo of former president Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in an apparent effort to criticize the former U.S. leader’s Iran policy, Washington Post reports.