Quiet War

Iran and Iraq go full tilt

Preoccupied by Lebanon's disintegration, Western nations have paid little heed to another continuing tragedy, the seemingly endless border war between Iran and Iraq. Yet throughout the 41-month-long struggle that has claimed more than 130,000 lives, vital Western interests have been in jeopardy. That point was driven home again last week as the war entered a new cycle of bloodletting. While thousands of Iraqi and Iranian troops clashed in major battles, the widening conflict reawakened the U.S. and other oil-consuming nations to the threat of a blockade of the Strait of Hormuz, the gateway through which 20%...

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