Arab Armies of the Middle East Wars 2 by Sam Katz, Ronald Volstad

By Sam Katz, Ronald Volstad

On eleven June 1967 3 Arab armies lay in destroy. The Six-Day struggle greatly altered the political and army complexion of the center East. sooner than the conflict, Israel was once considered as a nuisance. Afterwards, she completed everlasting neighborhood superpower prestige. The Arab reaction to defeat was once a thirst for revenge; and the method of regrouping was once the closest the Arab international may come to real harmony. Sam Kazt information the real occasions of the inter-Arab struggles, and either the uniforms and business enterprise and the detailed army and political roles of the elite devices who took half.

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6. For a more detailed discussion see Chubin and Tripp, Iran and Iraq at War (London: Tauris, 1988). Martin Wight in Power Politics, Hedley Bull and Carsten Holbraad (eds) (Harmondsworth: Penguin, for RIIA, 1979) pp. 89--90, 91-2. See my longer discussion of this problem in 'Les Conduites des Operations Militaires', Politique Etrangere 2, 1987 (Special issue on Iran-Irak: La Diplomatie du Conftit) pp. 303-17. Jeffrey Record, 'The Rapid Deployment Force', Strategic Review, Spring 1986, p. 44, fn.

To justify this policy, the Shah argued that the responsibility for maintaining Gulf security lay solely with the local states and that no external powers were to be allowed to interfere in the affairs of the region; and being the largest and most powerful Gulf country, Iran had a moral, historical and geopolitical obligation to ensure stability in this region, not only for the benefit of the local factors but for the benefit of the world at large as well. Becoming a regular theme in the Shah's pronouncements in the following years, his perception ofIran as the 'guardian of the Gulr l manifested itself in an impressive expansion of Iran's military capabilities during the 1970s which turned Iran into the most powerful country in the Gulf, and was highlighted by a series of Iranian actions intended to signal both to the Gulf countries and to the great powers who had the final say in the region.

For years it had lost the power to mount an offensive on the battlefield. Today it does not even command defensive forces, as is evidenced by Halabja,'IS In Iranian eyes, the double blow was suspiciously coincidental in timing to have happened accidentally. After all, it was generally known (and admitted) that the US was already providing Iraq with detailed intelligence data to aid Iraqi bombing runs on Iranian targets. Furthermore, both the range of Iraqi aircraft and the accuracy of their bombing against Iran's oil refineries and terminals had suspiciously improved of late.

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