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Three More Things About Iran: Islam, Contras, Hubris

Continuing my journey through:

Curtis, G. E., & Hooglund, E. J. (2008). Iran: A country study. Area handbook series. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, Federal Research Division.

Here are three more things I didn’t know about Iran:

  1. (p. 67) – In 1988, Khomeini argued that an Islamic state could suspend the practice five pillars of Islam under certain conditions.
  2. (p. 68) – During the 1985-1986 Iran-Contra Affair, 2,000 anti-tank missiles were sold to Iran. Some of these were used against Iraq.
  3. (p. 68) – Iraq invaded Iran in 1980. By 1983, Iran had expelled Iraq from its territory and had the opportunity to stop. The Iranian gov’t chose to cross into Iraqi territory and the war went on for another five years and Iran was reinvaded. Eventually the war was settled close to the original borders.

A little commentary on this last fact. Iran certainly had the right to try and topple Saddam Hussein instead of settling for tossing Iraq out of their territory. But given they were all alone and had the emity of the United States made it unlikely they could have forced regime change on Iraq. Perhaps they paid the price of hubris?

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