I remember the horror with which we received the news, the air attacks on the airport and the onslaught on Khorramshahr. What will happen if they strike at the refineries in Abadan? I thought with despair and anxiety. Yet the invasion consolidated the unity of Iranian people and epic after epic of courage and sacrifice ensured that Saddam's ambitions remained only a dream.
People of Khorramshahr fought and resisted the Ba'athist troops with tooth and nail for 34 days, day and night, non stop and in Abadan as the Iraqi troops came over their makeshift bridges they repelled them by fighting with everything they had and inflicted the first shock defeat against the Iraqi troops.
The war was unnecessarily prolonged however, Iran missed the opportunity of the best deal there was on the table by a broken Saddam Hussein, but the clerics were eager to establish an Islamic Republic in Iraq and many more lives were lost and the war ended without any compensation for Iran.
All Iran's future generations will be in debt for the valour and patriotism of those who fell in this sacred defence and this week and we will rightly remember them alongside Iran's latest martyrs for freedom of Iran.
Watching Saddam's stooge, George Galloway on Islamic Republic funded Press TV this week however will be like putting salt on our wounds. To think this lackey of Saddam is earning his wages with Iranian people's money is beyond belief.