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If Khorramshahr Had Not Been Conquered

Monday, May 26, 2008

Hossein Alaei 

One should ask, if Khorramshahr had not been conquered by Iranian militant combatants on May 23, 1982, how the war would have ended?

Would Saddam let go of the city on free will and change his mind about calling it Mohammerah? By losing 12,000 soldiers as prisoners of war, the enemy proved that it was determined to keep the city at any cost. Liberation of Khorramshahr was the end of an important period and beginning of a new period in the Sacred Defense. Conquering Khorramshahr totally changed the course and nature of the war.

Before this great event, Saddam and his Baath Party aimed to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran and annihilate the Islamic Revolution. Of course, when Saddam realized that he was not capable of doing so, he set separation of Khuzestan province and abrogation of 1975 Algiers Accord as his minimum demands.

Conquest of Khorramshahr reversed all their plans. Beit-ol-Moqaddas operations and capture of Khorramshahr was the acme of Iran’s triumph in the war and shattered Saddam’s delusion of grandiosity and the image he had presented of himself in the region. The event changed the balance of power in favor of the Islamic Republic of Iran and raised its standing in international arena. Once more, Imam Khomeini, as a undefeatable leader following viewpoints of Islam, gave new power to the Iranian nation and inspired people of Lebanon and Palestine with new hope in their resistance against the Zionist regime.

Following Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, which took place after conquest of Khorramshahr, the Lebanese Hezbollah came into being and followed suit with the fighting method of Iranian Basij combatants against Iraqi army, thus reviving the power of Islam in that country.

The conquest of Khorramshahr raised new hopes among the Iranian people that with the power of faith and under the leadership of Imam Khomeini, they can overcome the support offered by the United States and the Soviet Union as well as some European and Arab countries for Saddam and bring the biggest Arab army in the region down to its knees.

The conquest of Khorramshahr was harbinger of final fall of Saddam Hussein and foretold of the rise of a new military power in Iran, which stemmed from the Islamic Revolution. In those days, the prime minister of the Zionist regime had noted that if Iranian troops crossed Tigris River, Israeli army would face them because Menachem Begin maintained that the fall of Saddam would encourage Iranian fighters to march toward Beit-ol-Moqaddas.

The conquest of Khorramshahr was a cause of honor for Iran and Islam in raising such capable combatants and will encourage the Iranian people to continue their resistance.

Source: http://www.tabnak.ir/

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