It's not just railroads and the Silk Road, Bolton, Trump and Pompeo will find themselves directly confronting Chinese interests if they bomb Iran. Iran holds the 4th largest share of crude oil and the 2nd largest share of natural gas of all world reserves. When the US initially imposed sanctions, many countries who were in contract with Iran left so as not to be sanctioned. However, China not only stayed but also worked with the Iranian state oil company to develop the Yadavaran Field (Sinopic) and the North Azadegjan field (CNPC). which are producing significant percentages of China's need for crude. They area also poised to step in and take over the South Pars gas field if the French Total (oil company ) step back. China's GDP growth requires large and stable energy supplies. Also, transport of these supplies is at issue: 43% of the Iranian oil moves through the Strait of Hormuz and an much greater percentage through the Straits of Malacca. Hence the proposed construction of the Iran-Pakistan-India/China pipeline.
Thus, China in concert with Russia, India, and Pakistan( the latter with whom Trump in his Trumpian high dudgeon diplomatically flushed down the toilet despite its being a critical connecting country between the middle east and China and India). While MbS, Kushner, Trump, Bolton and Pompeo dream of disrupting the Shia crescent and paving the way for greater Israel, wiser minds are recognizing that the bombing of Iran will unequivocally lead to a massive world war as China and India join with Russia and Iran to set the middle on fire. Even if it was only an isolated Iran (which it is not), the US does not have the money, the military or the technology to win. Furthermore, the precarious US financial position would ensure that such as war would bring the US down like a house of cards, if not exposing it to a war on US territory, which the US has not experienced since the Civil War. Given the numbers of countries the US has dismembered to the cost of millions of dead and wounded civilians, many in the world would have no sympathy.
Given the history of carnage in both Gaza and the West Bank, given the increasing humanitarian crisis in Gaza (lack of medicine, fresh water, food insecurity) as well as the amplification of all the aforementioned problems by Trump/Kushner/Greenblatt decisions to defund UNWRA and to unilaterally declare Jerusalem - in its entirety - the provenance of Israel, inquiring minds would wonder if Abbas is moving to invoke Resolution 377 A - notably that the Security Council has failed to act as required to maintain international peace and security. Such proposal would probably be strongly supported by not only Russia and China but also several of the non permanent members of the council. Trump's vox persona have already clearly implied that any attempt to give the settlers anything less than annexation of the West bank will result in a civil war in an already unstable, badly divided Jewish Israel. Israel is also in conflict with Lebanon, Syria, Russia (through support of Daesh and other terrorists), Iran, Hezbollah. The hegemon is currently financially insolvent and as regards military prowess - far behind Russia and China. No one knows which of the strong Palestine allies would step in if the millions of Palestinians were to stage an uprising. However, the predictable Israeli massacres has the potential to trigger Hezbollah and subsequently Iranian support. Palestine is not Yemen. Its people are educated, articulate and very effective in their use of the internet. Given that both Egypt and Saudi Arabia are both highly unstable (MbS just imported 1,000 Pakastani troops to provide "order" since family, popular and Shia dissension is reaching ever increasing heights). A Palestinian uprising could well inflame an already "burning" middle east as many players are well aware. Unfortunately, Haley, Greenblatt, Kushner and Trump are approaching the situation as though it were 20 years ago, when the US was a strong and financially viable hegemon. It is for this reason Haley's delusional, narcissistic commentary to Abbas has been widely mocked on the internet. Finally, it should be noted that except for Ms. Haley, Abbas was given a loud round of applause for his comments, a fact virtually never noted in western media reports.
I would have been far more impressed with Mr. Khan's speech had he been correctly introduced as a Harvard trained attorney, who presumably holds membership in the American Bar Association, who worked for a lengthy period of time at Hogan Lovells, a large DC law firm which is reported as having as its clients the Saudi government as well as the Clintons and their foundation. While he is presented as the "average Muslim immigrant" on the street, he clearly has deep ties to the DC infrastructure. No doubt after several constitutional law courses he knows the constitution well.
I mourn the unnecessary death of his son, as I mourn the deaths of all our brave soldiers who have given and continue to give their lives for wars that have little if any positive outcome other than to serve as recruiting actions for wide spread foreign jihadi. I also mourn for the even greater number of civilian deaths, particularly women and children, from these wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
I would ask you Mr. Khan as well as your wife, how can you support a presidential candidate whose vote (among many) authorized the Iraq war? How can you support a presidential candidate who has been responsible for such devastation and death to both soldiers and innocents of all of the aforementioned countries? Has it reached your ears that Ms. Clinton was fully knowledgeable in the arms trade to these countries on behalf of these jihadis, that she is supported by many parties who benefit both directly and indirectly from the chaos ensuing from these perpetual wars?
I support neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton - I stand with a vast number of US citizens who are profoundly appalled by a presidential nomination process which has simply run off the rails offering no correctional process and only the logical truism that whomever of these two are elected, neither is a statesmen of sufficient acumen to guide this country in its hour of greatest need.
This is an excellent article about the severe short sightedness of Israel centric Treasury Office of Terrorism and Financial Sanctions. The intense behind the scene arm twisting and double dealing (e.g. Ukraine Russian sovereign debt obviated by IMF rule changes) is becoming increasingly obvious. Also, the effects are being felt and understood by the U.S. Public. One recent example is treasury in concert with congress. cratering multi billion Iran airplane deals with Boeing and Airbus (which uses US technology and parts). This represents job loss of thousands of middle class jobs, and tens of thousands if you think of related service jobs. A financial stab in the back to all these affected Americans.
The larger picture is even more grim. The political/financial world is fracturing with the help of our short sighted Terrorism and Financial Intelligence heads. The Bretton Woods accords which underlie international financial relations are dead, the petrodollar which contributed to the U.S. as the world's reserve currency is dying and the BRICS have effectively built parallel infrastructures to exclude the U.S. , the IMF and the World Bank. Think SCO, ASIIB, Chinese Gold Fund, Asia Development Bank. Think about the massive One Belt One Road project integrating Asia, Russia and ultimately Europe. Reflect on China's political/financial power base in Africa. All of this achieved with incentivized diplomacy. This trend in concert with our Israel centric foreign policy will leave the U.S. financially destitute, politically powerless with many enemies more financially powerful. The resulting asset sell off and privitization will leave this country ,Europe and Israel too - simply financial colonies of more prudent states.