Expense of the Iran-Iraq War

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Initially, Iraq seemed to have either no clearly formulated strategic goals or had fallen short of them - the first reaction one would have when hearing that Iraq called for a cease-fire 6 days in and issued a set of demands which included a renegotiation of the treaty, return of the islands to the UAE and the non-participation and non-interaction of Iran within the Gulf community.

Most see Iraq coming out of the war as more powerful in absolute power terms but not in relation to the rising power of its neighbours (Parasiliti, 2003, p. 160). According to Parasilati (2003) Iraq's reliance on its economic "strategic rents" - the billions of loans and grants given by the West and other Arab Gulf states - undercut its power relative to its neighbours. Even though it may seem like Iraq hadn't lost territorially, its bid for power failed and dropped it deeper into debt. In addition, the only positive aspect of the war was the slight increase in the national pride amongst Iraqis but none of the important geopolitical issues were addressed.

There was no change in the 1975 agreement over the Shatt al-Arab waterway (Bahadori, 2005, p. 3) nor was Iraq the pre-dominant power in the Gulf.…

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