Iran-Iraq War: The Fueds, Tragedy, and Spoils- Mansour Farhang

jfurnary on Feb 22nd 2012

I found an article from the World Policy Journal written by Mansour Farhang.It was written five years into the eight year long war between Iran and Iraq from 1980-1988. Mansour touches on the severity of the conflict, citing human wave tactics, poison gas, suicide bombing, attacks on oil tankers, and air raids on civilian targets. He refers to the ongoing war at the time as the “longest and most destructive war in the Middle East since the onslaught of the Mongols in the 13th century.”

The tensions for the war were discussed in length to describe the high tensions between Hussein (Iraq) and prime minister Khomeini (Iran). Khomeini in 1979 was responsible for enticing Shi’i Muslims in Iraq to try to over throw the Baathist Party in control headed by Saddam Hussein. Meanwhile, Hussein felt much of the land under Iran’s control was rightfully Iraqs all along. Therefor, when Iran was militarily weak from the Iranian Revolution, Saddam took the window of opportunity to attack Iran and take back oil rich land.

The fighting that ensued resulted in hundreds of thousands killed in extremely bloody and harsh fighting.


The Iran-Iraq War: The Feud, the Tragedy, the Spoils
Mansour Farhang
World Policy Journal , Vol. 2, No. 4 (Fall, 1985), pp. 659-680
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