Iran Iraq War

Written by Serena Berger
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The Iran Iraq War was a time of terror and turbulence for the people of those countries. It was also a dark era for U.S. foreign relation, as many people at home and abroad found our country's involvement reprehensible. As with most wars, the stated cause and the actual undercurrents are vastly different, and it is alarming to see how people have suffered for the lies and political machinations.

The Causes of the Iran Iraq War

Ostensibly the Iran Iraq war began because of Khomeni's rule in Iran after the 1979 Revolution. Khomeni demanded that other fundamentalist Islamic groups rise up violently and take control of their countries, and many nations were fearful of Khomeni and the actions he might take or inspire. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein led a faction that used this fear and a need to stop Khomeni's madness as an excuse to invade Iran.

But things are never that simple. Iran is one of the most oil-rich nations in the world, and clearly Iraq wished to acquire this resource to increase their own global power. The U.S., the U.S.S.R., and other nations who depend on oil from the Middle East also had a stake in the war, then, and became involved by offering military support.

Most nations supported Iraq openly, as Khomeni's regime was an established enemy to freedom and peace. Unfortunately, several of these nations' governments also covertly assisted Iran in return for military and political favors that disgusted the people of those nations. In the end, after eight years, the U.N. oversaw a peace treaty ending the Iran Iraq War, and the world was left only with a legacy of violence and distrust. The people of Iran, once again, were left to try to overcome the devastation of warfare; it is no surprise that much of the contemporary art, literature and film in particular, that come from Iran centers around the theme of war.


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