If the weapons had actually gone to Iran... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 27.11.10 | 15:41 (IST)

    ...the regime might not be as anti-American--and anti-Israel--as it is today. The Iranians had been attacked by Saddam Hussein, and badly needed weapons for self-defense. As Shmuel Segev points out in his book THE IRANIAN TRIANGLE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ISRAEL'S ROLE IN THE IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR, there was a great deal of factional infighting in Iran at the time, and whichever faction succeeded in obtaining the weapons for national defense would be strengthened. The Contras ended up with these weapons and lost anyway. The Iranians were tricked into buying overpriced, obsolete and defective weapons that didn't work properly, and they survived anyway, haunted by a sense of bitterness and betrayal toward the US and Israel. And Saddam Hussein lived to fight another day, and attack Israelis during the First Gulf War a few years later. Such a fine line between tragedy and farce!

    from the article: The truth about Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. arms deals
    First published 09:46 26.11.10 | Last updated 09:46 26.11.10
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