The Global Impact of a US Military Invasion of the Country Iran
The war against terrorism has been the main focus of the United States of America for the past years. It was the government’s top priority to maintain peace and order of the country and assure the safety of the people. This is the reason why it has been very cautious with its foreign relations, launching wars to potential terrorist countries primarily as a preemptive measure. Most of these countries are found in the Middle East, and one of these is Iran. Iran is a pain in the eyes of the United States mainly because of its political leanings, and their persistence on the proliferation of their nuclear technology. But the effects of the rift between the two countries would not remain between them. The US invasion of Iran affects not only the two countries but also everyone else in the world. These effects will be felt in both political and economical aspects, and would surely be devastating for all of us.
Mobilizing US military for war involves great spending, for the compensation of the troops, guns and ammunitions, and other war materiel. Using large amounts of money is inevitability in the invasion of Iran, especially considering Iran’s military capabilities. For US to be successful in their invasion, they have to at least match if not overcome Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Materials to do so would again cost a lot, not to mention the researches which would be funded in order to gain an upper hand in such a technological warfare. Too much spending for the US invasion of Iran would bring out one of the most notable effect: money problems (Bilmes & Stiglitz, 2008).
We can say that too much spending on military matters could really drain the country’s funds, which could have been used on much more useful ways. This poses a great impact not only on the economy of the country, but also every other country that transacts with the US: in short, the world. This impact can be as the war goes on, as funds which would have been used for healthcare, public safety, or technology, gets spent on guns, ammunitions, and other costs for keeping the troops on enemy territory. This could really hurt the economy, both in the short and long run (Zunes, 2003). In the short run, the funds used in the war don’t count as an investment, so it is money with no economic value. Other matters which could have made use of those funds would be set aside. In the long run, it would be very troublesome because the losses weren’t really investments that you could get something in return at the end of the day.
Other countries whose economies also rely on the United States would also be affected. As a major player on the global economy, a US invasion of Iran would mean diminished investments. There would be fewer opportunities for large scale transactions between nations. Investors would hesitate to put on good money to these transactions, as wartimes prove to be unstable times for the economy. With this at hand, we can see that because the United States’ economy plays a big role in the global economy, the US invasion of Iran could set off a chain reaction of instability to the global economy. The US hold on funds would have to be tightened as spending for the invasion would mean money going down the drain.
Looking at another angle, war times would really entail the use of great amounts of money, so it is clear that the US would really have some problems in this aspect. But the real issue would be the effect of this war to the neighboring countries, whose economies would be affected by the impending invasion. Even though they are not involved, still they would feel its adverse effects.
The reaction of the whole world would vary regarding a US military invasion of Iran. There would be those who would affirm the action, and further support the US invasion. On the other hand, some would disagree with this move and oppose it. These reactions could then lead to involvement, either physically fighting for or against the US invasion, or just by verbal support or opposition. The point is, moves such as this could affect the relations that the US has with other nations (Dabashi, 2007). They could gain either an enemy or an ally. Still, the result would be detrimental for the United States. There would be those who would question the motives of the US in pursuing the invasion. Some would point out its interest on oil in this region (Martin, 2005). Others would praise the US for its valiant efforts in curbing a possible nuclear threat.
Actions such as this an invasion would really gain mixed reactions from other nations. This move could gain both enemies and allies, but then again, the country’s reputation would be on the line. The impact on foreign relations would be great, as it could serve as a warning for those who would follow Iran’s footsteps or a good deed for those who are more concerned with the nuclear threats. Nations would either praise or criticize this move. This impact is really a double edged sword, as it could both be a gain and a loss for the US, in terms of foreign relations.
A US military invasion of Iran would bring about a lot of effects not only to the countries involved, but also to other countries worldwide. The impact of this move would be seen in both political and economical aspects. There are positive effects, but mostly are negative, whether the US would be successful in the invasion or not.
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