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Iranian provocation

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Submitted by Conormel (Ireland), Mar 19, 2013 at 16:21

Not to defend the Iraqi action, but I don't think it's entirely accurate to say that Saddam invaded Iran 'without provocation' given Khomeini's increasingly brazen propaganda war against Baghdad in the months leading up to September 1980.

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I thought about the term before using and decided it fits. Yes, the Iranians were hostile, but Saddam Hussein thought he had an opportunity due to Iranian weakness and he pounced.

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