The Iran—Iraq War was one of the stupidest mistakes ever made…
The Iran—Iraq War was an armed conflict between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq lasting from September 1980 to August 1988, making it the 20th century’s longest conventional war. The war began when Iraq invaded Iran via air and land on 22 September 1980. The Iranian Revolution in 1979 would inspire insurgency among Iraq’s backstabbing Shias. Although Iraq hoped to take advantage of Iran’s revolutionary chaos and attacked without formal warning, they made only limited progress into Iran and were quickly repelled. For the next seven years, Iran was on the offensive.
The war was provoked by the US and Israel. The Mossad had been trying to assassinate Saddam Hussein since the early 70s because Saddam was getting increasingly powerful during the years. He strengthened the military of Iraq and by the year 1991, Iraq had the 4th largest military in the world. Thanks to Saddam, Iraq became wealthy, powerful and extremely stable. The sectarian violence ended and Wahhabi movements and Shia movements where effectively taken care of. A stable Iraq was a threat to Israel and its allies (USA, UK, surrounding Arab countries… ).
When, in 1979, Iran was in a revolutionary chaos (there were major clashes between Communist, Nationalist and Islamist forces), the US provoked the war from Iraq’s side so that both sides would destroy each other during the process. The USA promised Iraq better relations, no sanctions, major economic aid and they even helped Iraq build nuclear weapons but they also gave Iraq some chemical weapons (Mustard and nerve agents) but as soon as Iraq lost the war — Saddam was stabbed in the back by his “friends”.
The US didn’t only provide Iraq with weapons but also Iran was provided with weapons — afterwards the sale of arms to Iran was named the Iran—Contra affair. The reason for the sale of arms to Iran — even though it was illegal to do so — was to make Iran and Iraq destroy each other without any bigger involvement from US or Israeli side.
During the Battle of Waterloo, the Rothschild’s (a Jewish family of bankers) funded both sides to first of all destroy as much as possible and also to profit heavily from both sides. Now just take a second and think about that, it didn’t matter who would win, because either way they would profit and gain in power. Strategically it’s genius, but morally, well what would you say…
Also, don’t forget that after about a year, Saddam Hussein tried to end the war. He negotiated peace talks with Khomeini, though he didn’t care since he saw the war as a holy one. The US and Israel also forced Iraq to continue and therefore the war continued.
The war cost both sides in lives and economic damage: half a million Iraqi and Iranian soldiers, with an equivalent number of civilians, are believed to have died, with many more injured; however, the war brought neither reparations nor changes in borders.