War praised this alliance between students and the regime, and undermined those parents who tried to save their children's lives. In 1982, the German weekly Der Spiegel documented the story of a 12 year old boy named Hossein, who enlisted with the Basiji despite having polio: "One day, some Nike Air Max 2017 Review
It did not matter whether they fell to enemy fire or detonated the mines with their bodies. Once a path to the Iraqi forces had been opened up, Iranian commanders would send in their more valuable and skilled Revolutionary Guard troops. "They come toward our positions in huge hordes with their fists swinging," one Iraqi officer complained in the summer of 1982. "You can shoot down the first wave and then the second. But at some point the corpses are piling up in front of you, and all you want to do is scream and throw away your weapon.
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Those are human beings, after all!"Why did the Basiji volunteer for such duty? Most were recruited by members of the Revolutionary Guards, which commanded the Basiji. These "special educators" would visit schools and handpick their martyrs from the paramilitary exercises in which all Iranian youth were required to participate. Propaganda films like the 1986 TV film A Contribution to Nike Air Max 2017 Red And Black the 2017 Air Max Grey
eches, he routinely praises "Basij power. " Ahmadinejad's ascendance on the shoulders of the Basiji means that the Iranian Revolution, launched almost three decades ago, has entered a new and disturbing phase. A younger generation of Iranians, whose worldviews were forged in the atrocities of the Iran Iraq War, have come to power, wielding a more fervently ideological approach to politics than their predecessors. Most Basiji came from the countryside and were often illiterate. When their training was done, each Basiji received a blood red headband that designated him a volunteer for martyrdom. The chief combat tactic employed by the Basiji was the human wave attack, whereby barely armed children and teenagers would move continuously toward the enemy in perfectly straight rows.
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