Not IRGC but Shah's Military

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Basijis claim they should be credited for defending Iran during Saddam’s invasion. Once for all, I am writing this blog to set the record straight and tell you what really happened during that imposed w

Submitted: August 21, 2009

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Basijis claim they should be credited for defending Iran during Saddam’s invasion. We must thank them for saving Iran and consider them privileged for that reason. This notion is far from truth and sadly the media has promoted this belief and has put a heavy burden on the shoulders of all Iranians. Basijis and Pasdars expect us closing our eyes when we see them ripping the nation’s oil revenue, and keep quiet when they are promoted to positions are not qualified for.

I am writing this blog to set the record straight and tell you what really happened during the imposed war.
Below I have posted links to support my view.
First, let me say-This war was imposed on Iranians, not by Saddam but, by Khomeini himself. Many documents are written to prove this fact. I will not elaborate, but briefly mention here: 1) it was Khomeini that had his eyes set on Jerusalem and wanted to March through Baghdad to reach there;2) It was Khomeini always inciting Iraqi Shies to overthrow Saddam and establish his 2nd Islamic Government there; 3) Khomeini ultimate goal was to spread his version of Islam to all Muslim countries and wished the whole world converted to Islam; 4) Finally, It was Khomeini executing Shah’s top Military commanders and disintegrated the Military. Saddam made a tactical move when he found out Iran’s military dismantled and chaotic. Had Khomeini not decapitated the military, Saddam wouldn't dare to attack Iran.
As far as Revolutionary guards (Sepah Pasdaran) and Basij are concerned, they did little defending Iran. Basijis and Pasdars did most of offensive operations aimed to capture Basra. Khomeini promised these young revolutionaries heaven if died for his cause. These gullible youngsters had no military experience, no weapon to fight with. Their only weapons were devotion to Islam as martyrs and special love and loyalty toward Khomeini. They willingly walked on minefields laid in marsh land between Khoramshar and Basra. Unfortunately these poor souls were not able to capture Basra after many attempts. Most of them either died or badly injured w/ loss of limbs. Most of Iran's war casualties occurred during these offensives at this location.The push to capture Basra was one of the worst human tragedies in history of mankind. More than 500,000 youths died all because of Khomeini’s wishful thinking. I am in belief that Revolutionary guards and Basijis commanders had no regard for the lives of so many loyal youngsters willing to die for Khomeini. The Guard and Basij commanders are responsible for their slaughters and must be accountable for this human tragedy. Khomeini's selfish decision to push into Iraqalmost resulted in Iran losing the war toward the end of that miserable 8 years war
Iran's Shah’s Military, on the other hand, were comprised of well trained and experienced soldiers; the Air Force had no match in Middle East. The Navy had total control of Persian Gulf. Shah had built a Military considered 5th in the world. Iran had the command of the air and the water from the beginning of the war. During the first 2 weeks of invasion the Air force had crippled Iraq's Air Force. Saddam's ground forces had no air support because of the brave Iranian fighter pilots. I remember a CBS reporter accompanying the Iraqis Republic Guards, Tank and Armor column, during the push toward Ahvaz surprised by the accuracy of Iran's long range artillery direct hits. During his reporting several Tanks were hit Bulls Eye. This reporter was very impressed with Iran defense of Ahvaz. The Air Force and the Navy did their part in keeping Saddam at bay. I recall reading a U.S intelligence report that said Iran fighter pilot successes were 5 to 1 kills compared to Iraqis. Saddam army was neutralized and eventuallybecame salient in Khuzestan. I am not denying the Revolutionary guards participations in the war. They had a role in defending the territories, and fought alongside the army to push the enemy back to their own borders. Never the less, the point here is that 2/3rd of the credit for defending Iran must go to the regular military soldiers, Air Force, and the Navy, all built and trained under Shah. Why weren't these patriots given any attention or promotions? Why only Basijis and Revolutionary guards considered heroes? What happened to these brave men? Were they getting hero’s welcome too? No. They were subjected to charges of treason andaccusations that they were collaborating w/ U.S. to overthrow Islamic Regime.
These Basijis and Republic Guard commanders have receive hero’s welcome, rewarded billions of nation’s petro dollars and promoted to positions with no qualification. They are nowl millionaires, enjoying lavish lives while the population is suffering economically. Thousands of well qualified well educated patriots are unemployed, have no freedom, and subject to torture and rape by these same heroesif voiceobjection. Did we push Saddam out of Iran to end up slaved to these few? If it wasn’t for the Shah's military strength and the stock pile of weapons he stored, the Pasdars and Basijis couldn’t have done a damn thingif Saddam was successful annexing Khozestan. This is the bitter truth we should remember.

http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/printer_445.shtml

http://www.amazon.com/Combat-Aircraft-37-Iranian-Phantom/dp/1841766585
http://books.google.com/books?id=tFRP5WvTDWkC&pg=PA194&lpg=PA194&dq=road+to+ahwaz,+iran+iraq+war&source=bl&ots=4jpl3V4wHo&sig=1665Co_T7vBsP4pd_YxJl91ifho&hl=en&ei=NOx5SvGQOZW4NaTUnaMO&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false


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