n a 204-2 vote, Iran’s parliament approved a bill Tuesday
that would add US Central Command (CENTCOM) to the government’s
terrorist blacklist. The bill calls on the Iranian government to “act
firmly” in response to US terrorist actions, and use all legal,
political, and diplomatic means necessary.
Since vote formalizes a move that the Iranian government announced last
week. The move is intended to be a direct response to the US government
added the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to the US list of foreign
terrorist organizations. Both announcement and final vote followed
similar US measures.
As with the US move, it isn’t clear how Iran’s bill will actually impact
anything, as the US and Iran are already on extremely poor terms, and
adding them to one another’s terrorist list is just an excuse for more
public lashing of one another in the court of public opinion.
Slapping the terror label on parts of another nation’s military was
virtually unheard of until these moves by the US and Iran. Since this is
uncharted waters, it is likely to have some unforeseen consequences,
complicating interactions with the nations’ mutual allies.
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