The Iran-Iraq War: It Still Haunts the Middle East To This Day

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Behnam Ben Taleblu

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No single event has defined Iran’s revolutionary ideology, politics, perspectives on society and security more than the Iran-Iraq War.

The Iran-Iraq War: It Still Haunts the Middle East To This Day

Here are four reasons why that conflict still matters...

For a conflict that still captivates much of Iran’s ruling elite, the Iran-Iraq War gets very little attention in the United States. Over the years, we’ve regularly seen events commemorating the August 19, 1953 coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. Op-Eds on the 1979 Islamic Revolution are always with us. The date September 22, 1980—when Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invaded Iran—hasn’t, however, been compelling for Iran watchers, let alone the general foreign-policy crowd in Washington.

(This first appeared in 2014.)

This is a mistake. No single event has defined Iran’s revolutionary ideology, politics, perspectives on society and security more than the Iran-Iraq War. Here are four reasons why that conflict still matters, and why the West ignores its legacy at its own peril.

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