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Iranian Nukes

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Submitted by JP (United States), Jun 6, 2013 at 12:12

I'm not an expert in this area, but the Iran-Iraq War must have been a tremendous drain on Iranian resources. As long as a war like that continued, they would have no resources to develop nuclear or missile programs. My understanding is that the human losses at the front greatly damaged the regime's popular support. If the Iran-Iraq War never happened, it is likely that the Iranian regime's domestic support would be noticeably stronger as would its resource base to spending on missiles, nukes and intimidating its non-Iraqi neighbors.

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