The relationship between Iran and the United States is already less than cordial. If the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the globe for several more months, there is a chance the two countries could enter into a hot war. That's the opinion of veteran journalist and analyst Paul Wood, as recently discussed on Spectator.
Wood first pointed out that there have already been some skirmishes between the U.S. and Iran in recent days. He added that COVID-19 -- the disease caused by the coronavirus -- could be responsible for the deaths of two American service personnel, as well as a British soldier. They were, however, killed in a rocket attack in Iraq by Shiite militia loyal to now-deceased Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.
Wednesday was the general's birthday and the militia reportedly celebrated by taking "revenge" on the U.S. for his killing. The United States, in retaliation, launched strikes against five Shiite military sites. Wood believes these skirmishes could lead to an escalation, though no one is paying much attention as the media is focused on the coronavirus.
The analyst has an answer for why it took so long for tensions to turn into fire. Iran's leadership is currently in a state of "chaos" because of the outbreak. As The Inquisitr earlier reported, at least three top lawmakers have died since the coronavirus hit that country.
Wood isn't alone in thinking the disease has some forces in Iran off the leash. U.S. commanders are starting to admit it could be a factor as well.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley was asked why the attack took place.
"There could be a lot of reasons, it could be coronavirus, it could be rogue Shia militia groups, it could be Soleimani's birthday, it could be a lot of things."Kenneth McKenzie -- the general in charge of U.S. forces in the Middle East -- said Iran is handling the outbreak far worse than people realize. He added that the coronavirus was "having an effect on decision making." Likewise, he opined that everything that's going on around the world probably makes Iran more dangerous, not less.
Wood doesn't believe Iranian leadership even wants a war with the United States. Their response to the killing of Soleimani and a later missile attack shows that. But the analyst believes it's possible they don't have full control of Shia forces. If those forces continue launching attacks against the U.S. and the Trump administration continues responding with attacks of their own, one side or the other could make a "miscalculation" and stumble into all-out war, he further warned.