PRESIDENT Trump has responded to Iran’s threats in a blistering attack on Iran via Twitter.
Mr Trumps comments came after Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani promised the “mother of all wars” if the US attacks Iran. Rouhani has threatened to shut down oil shipments in the Strait of Hormuz, warning the US not to “play with the lions tail”.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
Tensions between the two countries have been escalating during the Trump Presidency and Mr Rouhani is under considerable domestic pressure from mass protests against his government.
However, the broader picture is the clash between the Saudi regime and Tehran in what amounts to a theological war between Sunni Islam and Shi’a Islam. It is here that Mr Trump should be careful. Sunni Islam is unquestionably more hostile to the West and America in particular while Shia terrorism targets Israel exclusively.
Al Qaeda, ISIS are both Sunni terror groups who draw theological inspiration and financial support from the Saudi government. Backing a Saudi victory by removing Iran from the picture and effectively helping Riyadah establish a united Sunni Caliphate is ill-advised and not in the long-term interest of America or the West.