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02-10-2004, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by 33teddy33
Iran? Hostile to the Soviets?? How could they be when most of their armament was Soviet issue?? Direct from the Soviet Union? And, if we are not nit-picking... there were many issues that we as Americans were dealing with that were more important than The Soviet-Afghani problem.

Anyways. Potatoe / Potato.
Until 1979 when the Shah was overthrown, Iran was our ally. If I'm not mistaken, they are still flying some old American planes bought from us in the 1970s (they had tremendous problems finding spare parts during their war with Iraq) and have a long history of buying weapons and planes from France as well. Also, when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, it was the first time in many years that they had invaded another country--which was very alarming to the United States because we had been engaged in Detente for several years and the invasion pretty much exposed the Soviets deceit and returned us to a period where the Cold War heated up. The invasion also led to reinstating registration for a potential draft (something that still exists) and led directly to the USA (and many of its allies) boycott of the summer Olympics in Moscow. It was not a sideshow. Taking over the American Embassy in Iran was a serious issue, but the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan led to many more serious consequences. Many "experts" also think it was the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. Not a trival event at all.

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