The day after war begins in Iran

Outpouring of grief for Qassem Soleimani is the country's first act of retaliation

The last time I wrote seriously about a war with Iran was in 2012.

It had been an especially fraught year, with Iran's Revolutionary Guards running naval exercises in the Persian Gulf, Israel and the United States conducting joint drills, and the safety of oil shipping lanes looking entirely unassured. Oil prices rattled skittishly, everyone suddenly monitored ships, and headlines speculated that Israel might attack Iran's nuclear sites.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2020, with the headline 'The day after war begins in Iran'. Print Edition | Subscribe