Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Memorials of Martyrs in Iraq-Iran War

They are called national heros. They are called martyrs. The war began when Iraq invaded Iran on 22 September 1980. The Iraqis had several suppliers like France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States. The war last for 8 years.

In 1982 with Iranian success on the battlefield, the U.S. made its backing of Iraq more pronounced, supplying it with intelligence, economic aid, and also supplying weapons. President Ronald Reagan decided that the United States "could not afford to allow Iraq to lose the war to Iran", and that the United States "would do whatever was necessary to prevent Iraq from losing the war with Iran."

In 1984, according to the Washington Post, the CIA began secretly to give Iraq intelligence that Iraq used to "calibrate" its mustard gas attacks on Iranian troops. In August, the CIA establishes a direct Washington-Baghdad intelligence link, and for 18 months, starting in early 1985, the CIA provided Iraq with "data from sensitive U.S. satellite reconnaissance assist Iraqi bombing raids." Iraq extensively used chemical weapons (such as mustard gas) against Iranian troops and civilians. With more than 100,000 Iranian victims of Iraq's chemical weapons during the eight-year war, Iran is one of the countries most severely afflicted by weapons of mass destruction.

In October 1987, the U.S. attacked Iranian oil platforms. In the course of these escorts by the U.S. Navy, the cruiser USS Vincennes shot down civilian Iran Air Flight 655 with the loss of all 290 passengers and crew on July 3, 1988. [Reference: Wikipedia]

History, should we forget it or not? Where can we find PEACE and LOVE? I have a message to Presidents Bush and Ahmadinejad: Please stop your daily conflicts. Let people live and love.

مزار شهدا، آرامگاه خواجه ربیع