reply to post by ~Lucidity
In the 1980's, Iraq attacked Iran and started what was, until that point, the longest land war of the 20th century. Something to the tune of five
hundred thousand Iranians died in what they call "The imposed War;" another thirty to fifty thousand are still unaccounted for.
And the Iranians see this as a positive thing
. Stunning? Think about it for a moment.
It's the day after (so to speak) the revolution in Iran. The Theocrats and the Leftists are beating each other up, the Arabs of Khuzestan are looking
mutinous, the Kurds are starting up some trouble, even the Azeris, good Persians though they may be are talking of separation. To the east,
Afghanistan is being invaded by the world superpower, opposed by the other world superpower, which is backing a heavily armed fundamentalist Sunni
movement. Everyone else in the world has Iran under sanction, and to top it all off, heavy rains have screwed up the wheat harvest. On the eve of
September 1980, Iran was really on the brink of Yugoslavia-style collapse.
And then Saddam invaded. Almost overnight, you had Azeris from Tabriz fighting alongside Shia from Tehran and Turkmen from Sari, all to defend the
Arab-speaking city of Dezfal, in the name of one single country; iran.
The war killed a hell of a lot of Iranians; but it also welded the country together when they were teetring on the precipice of becoming another
In a similar way, an Egypt-style revolt in Iraq would cut across all social layers, religions and ethnic groups, unifying the country for one purpose
against a common enemy; the US and their puppet government. So I can see why this fellow might wish for that sort of thing.
And regarding Afghanistan.. .Afghanistan has been in a state of anarchy since 2001 . There are zones of government control, primarily around Kabul,
but aside from that? There's really not an "Afghanistan" anymore.
edit on 31-1-2011 by TheWalkingFox because: (no reason given)