Iran-Iraq War scars left behind can still be seen on the faces of many southern cities like Khorramshahr.
Khuzestan Province took heavy blows during the Iran-Iraq war and families have been scattered ever since. The skirmishes covered the border lines with Iraq for years. The cities and counties that were forced into the drastic battle are not up on their feet yet. For many what remains are black memories that haunt the province of up to 63,238 km² area.
Today in the city of Khorramshahr people maybe protesting for water but their wounds are much deeper. One young girl wrote on the internet “The city of Khorramshahr is pretty much still in ruins. My parents lived through that war and I can tell you my own experience. I feel the damages of that war almost daily even though it ended before I was even born and have grown up in Toronto.”
Big truth about the Iran-Iraq war is that nobody knew what they had got themselves into. Though Iraq did pull out of Khorramshahr, Khomeini insisted on continuing. History recalls Iran being the provoker as it aimed to become king of the Islamic crescent thru terrorism.
How History Recalls the Iran-Iraq War
Thirty years ago and after nearly eight years of a bloody war between Iran and Iraq, a cease-fire was reported holding on July 18, 1988.
On September 20, 1980 following repeated provocative border crossings by Iranian forces and warmongering military actions ordered by Khomeini, Iraq attacked Iran.
Iranian regime dates the beginning of the war to September 22, 1980 but the Iraqi sides state that the conflict started with Iranian border provocations on September 4, 1980.
By January 1981, the flow on the war had turned against Iran, and by June 1982, Iran had reclaimed almost all of its lost territory.
At that time, Saddam Hussein then president of Iraq proposed a ceasefire and the withdrawal of his troops from Iranian ground, but by then the Iranian regime refused to agree to the peace talks.
A quick look at the human casualties and economic damages due to the continuation of the war:
- Nearly half a million (500,000) Iranian dead
One and a half million (1,500,000) injured and disabled
Four million (4,000,000) displaced inside and outside of Iran
More than 90,000 were captured, 7000 disappeared
50 destroyed cities, more than $ 1,000 billion worth damage
In 1986, four years after the peace talks were rejected, the Iran-Iraq war was still going strong. The Iranian regime was hoping to export the so-called “Islamic resolution” into Iraq making Iraq into an Iranian province.