The United States (and the world at-large) likely just dodged a massive bullet. In a miniature Cuban Missile Crisis, it seemed as though the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States would soon be engaged in a shooting war following the latter’s drone strike against Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3.
Though Iran is no Soviet Union circa 1962, the prospect of another conflict in the Middle East seems unconscionable to an American public long accustomed to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. In an ABC News/Ipsos poll, published on Jan. 12, 73 percent of respondents reported being either “somewhat concerned” or “very concerned” about the prospect of a coming “full-scale war” with Iran.
As a draft-age male, I was especially concerned. I’ll admit, it’s a selfish concern. The idea of potentially getting turned into human confetti — for a concept as abstract as Iran’s philosophical and geopolitical differences with the United States — is not exactly attractive to me.
Being told I’d be “liberating” the people of Iran also seems questionable to me, looking at how well our “liberation” has served the people of Iraq — they’ve enjoyed their newfound freedom so much that they're using democracy to boot us out of their country.
I apparently was not alone in my concern about being shipped off to Iran. So many people visited the Selective Service System (America’s draft authority) website in the hours following the Jan. 3 drone strike that it crashed. “#WWIII” and “#WorldWarThreeDraft” trended on Twitter around the same time.