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James G. Riedel also saw the United States as merely an observer in the initial phases of the Iran-Iraq War; however, the United States quickly morphed into a co-belligerent on the side of the Iraqis. Riedel focused his commentary on six distinct lessons that America must learn from the Iran-Iraq War: Iran is a difficult country to intimidate and leverage; Iran is not a suicidal state, although it may employ the concept and practice of martyrdom to pursue foreign policy goals; ending the Iran-Iraq War turned out to be much harder than anticipated; the advice given to the United States by its allies in the Middle East was consistently catastrophic; the United States should not have expected any gratitude when the war culminated, and, rather, should have been prepared for blame from all sides.
Riedel emphasized the overarching historical message behind the events of the Iran-Iraq War, namely that any war with Iran will be an exhaustive, destructive, and precarious undertaking.
Iran will not surrender easily, and the threshold for relative peace was set dangerously high during the Iran-Iraq War. Any future conflict with the Iranians involving nuclear weapons would be amazingly ugly. Lang described how this type of oral history seeks to choose foreign policy failures of the past that have strong relevance to contemporary U. Lang also stressed the need to find individuals whose curiosity trumps their fear, and are willing to openly discuss their historical missteps.
Blight, also focusing on the critical oral history process, described a conference in Italy in that provided a platform for those involved in the decision-making process to discuss their decisions during the Iran-Iraq War.
Blight underlined the necessity for this type of context as a means to develop critical oral history: one that provides a platform for primary players to discuss their thought processes to individuals who will handle it responsibly. Byrne focused on the trove of illuminating documents discovered in the researching of Becoming Enemies , emphasizing the significance of documents in painting a comprehensive picture when historically examining the Iranian-American relationship.
He described, in detail, a discovered CIA memo signed by then-Director Stansfield Turner on September 17, , warning of an extremely near conflict. This example demonstrated the top-level awareness of the events happening on the ground. Describing this as potential smoking-gun evidence, Byrne emphasized the political, psychological, and international relations ripples that can emanate from just a simple sentence.
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Ironically, from July onwards, the United States had already shifted from a position of neutrality to what was essentially a position of co-belligerency on the Iraqi side.