Vermonters react to U.S. tensions with Iran

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BURLINGTON, VT- After President Donald Trump addressed the nation Wednesday in response to Iranian missile strikes on military bases housing U.S. troops, Diane Ibbot of Jericho said she’s worried about what’s next.

“I guess I’m afraid that we are just going to fumble ourselves into an ongoing war that we don’t need,” she said. “I just wish that our president had a long-term plan before he starts doing anything.”

Others echoed similar concerns. Victor Furnells was traveling to Vermont from Washington, D.C. He said, “We need to stop sitting back and waiting on something terrible to happen,” he said. “We need to have a preventative plan on how to address that.”

Others put their trust in the president. “I believe that Trump’s got control of it,” said longtime Vermonter Thomas Albare.

The Iranian strikes were a response to the U.S drone strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. North Ferrisburgh resident Stephen Rainville said the whole situation is saddening.

“It’s sad because there are people making impulsive decisions supported by people who think they have a lot to lose politically,” Rainville said.

Events have triggered World War III memes on social media, but Alice Koeninger urged people to not take them seriously. “It’s a meme, but it’s not a reality,” she said.

But Rainville said the U.S. and the world “should be concerned.”

“There are things that are worth defending, but I don’t think we are currently in that situation,” he said. “This is the wrong way to go and we have to learn to speak to each other in peaceful fashions.”

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