Imagine waking up one day – as Iraq did – to find the US superpower on your couch. Not only was it not invited, it is breaking things and provoking neighbors. You politely ask it to leave, but it just scoffs at you.
It would be difficult to name another New Year in recent memory that got off to a more precipitous start than 2020. After Tehran carried out a measured retaliatory strike against two US military bases inside Iraq following the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the world – unaware that Iran was not aiming to kill, just sending an unmistakable message – held its collective breath.
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