Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
WHY THE TERM WW II WHEN THE CONFLICT IS ONLY BETWEEN AMERICA AND IRAN? MOST PARTS OF THE WORLD GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS.
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
Scuse me but the mafia-style killing of Soleimani was done in Iraq, where Soleimani was the head of the main militia, the Popular Mobilization Forces, which is recognized as legitimate by the Iraqi government. The psychos in the State Department and much of the corporate media would love to induce the Iraqis to hate the Iranians, their Shiite brother, and there have been minor US-instigated protests against them, but nothing compared to the protests against the US presence, which is now illegal since the murder, when the Iraqi parliament voted to evict the US. Which refuses to leave because they think they own every inch of every country in the world including their oil and the body and soul of their populations.
So far that makes just Iraq and Iran. But wait. Just a few weeks ago, joint naval drills were held between Iran, China and Russia. That’s two major world powers plus a growing regional power. Still think it’s only between America and Iran?
Oh, and Iraq and Russia are now in negotiations for the sale of the S-300 or S-400 air defence systems, even though the US is throwing a hissy fit to keep Iraq from acquiring a system that might help the country defend against more illegal attacks on its sovereignty. After all, they figure if the US can just swoop in without invitation and murder Iran’s top general while he is a guest in Iraq, and contributing mightily to the fight against ISIS, then they can kill anyone in Iraq with impunity who refuses to kiss the Washington booties on the ground.
And then there are other nations who have objected to the criminal killing. Europe is very very unhappy. On Jan 3, the very date of the murder, French President Emmanuel Macron put in an emergency phone call — no, not to Trump, but to Putin, and they conferred on this killing. Three days later Putin invited Merkel to Moscow, and on Jan 11, the two met in a tête-à-tête at the Kremlin. Now note that Merkel and Macron are the 2 most powerful leaders in Europe and carry enormous clout, so they will certainly influence the rest of the EU to pivot to Moscow as well, away from the US. This is earth-shattering. Trump has inadvertently shifted world opinion — already against him, according to the latest Pew poll — away from the US and toward the East.
That in itself is enough food for thought for now, but no, it is not all. The day after the Merkel visit, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte phoned Putin to discuss the situation in Libya. None of these leaders bothered calling Trump.
Thus the major players in Europe are giving Trump a big miss.
As long as he is in the White House, we can expect more and more signs that the trans-Atlantic partnership is on the rocks, and the marriage partners are irreconcilable.
So the big question is: would Washington have anyone, I mean anyone, on its side in a military conflict with Iran?
So now, let’s back up and look at history. On June 28, 1914, an unknown Bosnian Serb activist shot and killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, who was passing through Sarajevo. People who thought like the questioner figured so what? Austria is just an insignificant European country known primarily for pretty scenery and yodeling, and Sebia? Where’s that? Right? Besides, Archdukes don’t rule countries.
Yes, ok, but this murder led to none other than Word War I, which some historians today believe is the cruellest, bloodiest war ever fought on planet earth.
A thoughtless Bosnian pipsqueak with a grudge and a gun started it all off.
A very large thoughtless American with a grudge and an army could do likewise today or tomorrow.