This Is How to Achieve Progress With Iran

September 12, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Middle East Blog Brand: Paul Pillar Tags: IranWarNuclear ProgramJCPOAPolicy

This Is How to Achieve Progress With Iran

Iran is no more inclined than others to fold rather than fight in response to armed threats from foreigners.

Herein lies one of the most relevant lessons from the Iran-Iraq War. Two years into the war, the aggressor Saddam Hussein offered a cease-fire with withdrawal of all Iraqi forces from Iranian territory. The Iranian regime—despite the huge costs Iran already had sustained—refused, and the war dragged on for another six years.

Paul R. Pillar is a contributing editor at the National Interest and the author of Why America Misunderstands the World .

Image: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner