Impacts of the Cold War on Iraq's Economy, Government, Environment, Humanity, and Death Toll.
The Cold War was the competition for foreign influence between the Soviet Union and the United States. The tensions increased in the late 1970's through the early 1980's and was due to military buildup and the strong desire influence in the Middle East. The US economy and military is viewed as a world wide super power, and Iraq's economic and military status has been debatable in the past, but there one advantage is their surplus of oil. Iraq contains 10% of the worlds oil, and since it was being harvested for the advantage of the Soviet Union, Iraq suffered from reduced oil production and exports.
When Iraqi citizens were bombarded with influence from a foreign power, many people began killing their fellow citizens and even themselves. From then on, Iraq's government turned into chaos. Their secular constitution was destroyed, and many Iraqis radicalized young people in reaction to the overpowering influence, and extremist organizations were formed such as Al Qaeda, and Isis. Iraqi people said that the rise was aided by the consequences from US intervention, and that the cause of death, violence, and destruction,"was in the name of Democracy".
Not only were the people of Iraq put under pressure and violence from powerful nations, their natural resources and environment were also put in harms way. Since Iraq's main product is oil, when the oil was drained to benefit the Soviet Union, it was taking away Iraq's main source of profit, and it was damaging their environment. Also, since the Cold War was basically the buildup of weapons and influence, when weapons were created, they had to be tested. These tests proved to be dangerous, and the effects will still be felt for years to come. It is proven that, ecosystems and biological species exposed to radioactive material could overtime form deformities, and eventually die off. This would prove to be a devastating effects of Iraq.
From the beginning of the Cold War, The Soviet Union has imposed the influence of Communist branches into Iraq. This did not sit well with Iraqis, and resulted in citizens killing citizens over different views of the foreign ideology. After that, the US spread their vision of Democracy, and declared" War on Terror". The people of Iraq had to choose between two very conflicting sides of a highly influential dispute.
The specific death toll of the Cold War conflict remains unknown, but since then conflicts are still on the rise. From 2004 - 2008, terrorist groups have waged war against their own people with around 86,000 civilian deaths from causes such as terrorist attacks, suicide bombings, assassinations, and kidnappings. The citizens of Iraq were put right in the middle of the conflict and arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union, and their desperate actions in order to gain middle Eastern Influence.