Short film on the Iran-Iraq War

Joel Wing of Musings on Iraq posted a 37-minute documentary on the Iran-Iraq War (in 4 YouTube installments). It’s pretty good (if “good” is the right word for a film about that war) and has a lot of footage. A couple of notes:

  • Iran’s human wave attacks, Iraq’s first use of chemical weapons against Iran, and the beginning of the Kurdish uprising are all in the second installment.
  • When the USS Vincennes accidentally shot down an Iranian passenger airplane, the Iranians misinterpreted it as evidence of the superpowers’ unwavering commitment to supporting Iraq. I’d heard about how much that mistake intimidated the Iranians before, but I didn’t know that it affected their desire to continue fighting.

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