In a time of pandemic, the US prepares for war – but Iran’s weakness is grossly exaggerated | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

In a time of pandemic, the US prepares for war – but Iran’s weakness is grossly exaggerated

The US prepares for confrontation with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq while Iran struggles to cope with the consequences of the coronavirus inside its borders. This looks like a good time for Americans to strike – but it isn’t.

The US military is engaged in a strategic redeployment of forces inside Iraq, including the deployment of surface-to-air missiles whose only logical purpose was to defend against an Iranian ballistic missile threat. This movement of forces has reinforced concerns that some in the Trump administration might seek to exploit Iran’s perceived weakness brought about by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The reality, however, is far different: Iran is prepared to defend itself using the totality of its defense resources. Any US move against Iran would be a miscalculation with devastating results.

Iran has emerged as the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Middle East. As of April 1, Iran's health ministry reported over 47,000 confirmed cases with more than 3,000 deaths. To better coordinate a response to this outbreak, the Iranian health ministry announced the formation of a National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters which has deployed 30,000 teams operating under the supervision of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to help in combating the outbreak.

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