When President Trump sanctioned a political assassination order against Iranian Maj. General Qasem Soleimani, it brought tensions between the United States and Iran to a boiling point.
Iran promised retaliation, saying they would escalate the conflict still further if the U.S. chose to answer.
The self-made conflict, stemming from President Trump's early decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal, has many Americans fearful of the prospect of yet another war in the middle east.
On Twitter, a former soldier, Steven Kiernan, wrote about the effects of war and why we should stay not court conflict.
I lost both legs in Iraq, this pic is me walking again for the 1st time (I'd spend 2yrs in a hospital recovering).… https://t.co/F4tZ43eNQx— Steven Kiernan (@Steven Kiernan) 1578443112.0
Kiernan shared pictures of his fellow soldiers, almost all of whom had been terribly affected by their service.
The former soldier told his followers to reach out to their members of Congress to stop his experiences from happening again.
Every one of us should be contacting our reps and telling them that we don't support this war. And look up who's do… https://t.co/lqWnB3FqJ3— Steven Kiernan (@Steven Kiernan) 1578444614.0
Twitter took Kiernan's words very seriously.
@MsgToObserver @SPMiles42 @commondefense peace brother.I was deployed 2011-12.spent 5 months @WalterReed recovering… https://t.co/i15zi5odFm— Pavel (@Pavel) 1578444543.0
@MsgToObserver @commondefense While the men and women who get sent to war end up like this, @realDonaldTrump's budd… https://t.co/TKbd36Iji0— 🙄🙄🙄 Maggs Naidu (@🙄🙄🙄 Maggs Naidu) 1578467924.0
Americans who think war is necessary often aren't the people marching into battle.
@MsgToObserver @DemForceArmy @commondefense Thank you for your service and dedication. I wish I could say more but… https://t.co/HZB5qoALeZ— Geri Marie (Please Wear a mask) (@Geri Marie (Please Wear a mask)) 1578451029.0
Many thanked Kiernan for being brave enough to speak his mind.
@MsgToObserver @MikePrysner @commondefense No words to describe the suffering of #American veterans and their famil… https://t.co/pdGmaXtvqD— Alfredo Velázquez (@Alfredo Velázquez) 1578443790.0
Others felt the President was acting irresponsibly by escalating this conflict.
@MsgToObserver @commondefense This is what I call supporting our military: not squandering precious lives on the va… https://t.co/MrUxZoClhE— Liesel (@Liesel) 1578443714.0
@MsgToObserver @commondefense Thank you sir for your service and sacrifices...I totally agree with you boss— Renegade Cowboy🐾🐾 🌊⚓️🌊🐾🐾 (@Renegade Cowboy🐾🐾 🌊⚓️🌊🐾🐾) 1578451488.0
Our country owes much to our military service members.
@MsgToObserver @bridgettyh @commondefense You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your sacrifices and for… https://t.co/QmJQJSCp7g— ✨✨Linda✨✨ #TheResistance #TeamJustice (@✨✨Linda✨✨ #TheResistance #TeamJustice) 1578458530.0
@MsgToObserver @TomandSteffani @commondefense I was never brave enough or selfless enough to make the contribution… https://t.co/CS9apv5xgk— steve burns (@steve burns) 1578446818.0
Our country should always be looking for ways to avoid wars, not creating opportunities to start them.