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Toward Salvaging Human Security in the Middle East and Beyond

One thing is certain: the Donald Trump ordered assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has not made the Middle East or the World, any safer.

As a matter of fact, the seemingly rash killing has made the world more dangerous and insecure as it serves as a declaration of war and raises a greater possibility of a hot conflict.

While hundreds of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets of Tehran today to mourn the martyrdom of their revered General, the Islamic Republic has announced that it is withdrawing from all nuclear compliances to the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal - the world security stabilizing agreement, signed between Iran and world powers. 

Officially named: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran Nuclear Deal was a clear cut vehicle to realizing better human security, curtailing Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions and a means to reintroducing Iran back into the norm of cooperative and collective global security. The July 2015 agreement was a victory for humanity and for the peaceful continuity of the human species. It was not a perfect pact, but it was a beneficial mechanism with high hope to world peace and stability.

However, despite confirmation by international atomic monitors, who confirmed that Iran was complying with the agreement, United States (US) President Donald Trump, with prodding from Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, backed the US out of the internationally signed deal. The European Union (EU), China and Russia have since struggled to keep the agreement in tact to some extent in the absence of US support.

Then, on January 2, 2020, General Soleimani is assassinated in Baghdad, Iraq, thereby delivering a major blow to security in an already fragile Middle East. Ramifications of the assassination threaten to transcend the Middle East. The martyrdom of Soleimani has prompted Iran to walk away from the nuclear provisions of the 2015 nuclear deal, thus killing any hope of achieving the intended security denoted by the international agreement.

To salvage human security in the Middle East and beyond, and especially amid the sad events of the past week, all the parties should exercise great restraint, refrain from inflamed threats and rhetoric on social media and seek to establish some line of communication toward lessening tensions. 

Moreover, a rational mediator needs to step forward to assist in the reconstruction of the means to securing peace and stability in the Middle East and beyond.