I strongly disagree with you Bradley. The military might of Iraq was never a challenge for Iran; perhaps you are too young and don't know the history well. Before the Iranian revolution in 1979, there was a well-known expression amongst army personel that "anytime we feel Iraqis are becoming a threat we will launch an attack against them at 8:00 A.M. and will have our lunch in Baghdad the same day. Iraqis, who were always scared of Iranians, fooled by the west took advantage of the totally caotic situation in Iran immediately after the revolutiion and invaded Iran with the hope to take over Khusestan and other provinces that are mostly inhabited by Arabs. You should see some of the footages released to the public which demonstrates how the irregular Iranian army along with ordinary people defended their mother land. Iraqis were backed by most of western countries one way or another but at the end shamefully retreated accepting the 598 resolution.
Jerusalem suburb of Even Sapir evacuated as wildfire spreads (Haaretz)
from the article: Will Bush make Iran the only superpower?