The Iran-Iraq conflict began on September 22, 1980, when the regime’s first supreme leader, Ruhollah Khomeini, declared war on the Iranian people. Every year, the regime misrepresents this event as a success for the Iranian people, when in reality, it was merely a victory for the regime’s survival.
This dictatorship refers to the eight-year battle as the ‘Holy Defense.’ The question is, what is the history of such an expression, and have we seen anything like it throughout history?
Khomeini’s seeming meddling in Iraqi affairs set the stage for one of the longest wars of the twentieth century. Kayhan penned a bold title six months before the war began:
“Imam Khomeini calls on the Iraqi army to rise up”.
In addition to achieving Khomeini’s conquest objectives, the conflict became an excuse to confront and eliminate political groups and organizations within the country.
The first commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Javad Mansouri, said:
“If there hadn’t been a war, I think the Islamic Revolution would have been defeated. [The war gave us] strength, experience. Many of us had great war outcomes. With the war we were able to suppress the counterrevolutionaries inside, to suppress the groups”.
The liberation of Khorramshahr was a turning point in the Iran-Iraq conflict, as it signaled the retreat of Iraq’s invading forces from Iranian territory.
Without a sure, this could have been an excellent opportunity for Khomeini to bring the conflict to a close if he had viewed it as a “crisis” rather than a “blessing”. Despite this, Khomeini referred to the war as a “gift” and a “blessing”.
He saw peace as the ‘burial of Islam,’ despite the fact that observers argue that peace would have resulted in the burial of his rule; as a result, he continued to fight after Khorramshahr was liberated.
“This battle was a great blessing for you because it revealed your true self to you. It was unclear how we would be and what condition we would be in if the war had not occurred”.
In a reference to the Crusades, Khomeini called his campaign a battle between Islam and unbelief, with the goal of ‘conquering Quds through Karbala’. Of course, this did not satisfy him. His warmongers began the conflict with the slogan “war to victory,” which they later altered to “war to eliminate world intrigue”.
All Middle East wars, the sad reality is, are continuations of the regime’s “export of revolution” and “holy defense”. Millions of dollars have been lost, and the region’s countries have suffered untold losses.
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