A Mission for Saddam, ca. 1980
September 25th, 2016
In this poster a mouse trap sits on top of a map of Iran. The dead mouse, caught in the trap, suggests that if Saddam Hussein were to invade Iran his forces would be easily defeated. Although Iran describes the Iran-Iraq War as the “Imposed War,” both countries were equally involved in extending the conflict. Both countries sought to become the main power in the region, and conflicts over their shared border endured, with Iran wishing to extend its southern border to encompass the Shi’i holy cities of Najaf and Karbala and Iraq aiming to secure the Shatt al-Arab waterway. The artist Zargham’s inclusion of an extensive map of Iran may be a subtle reference to these geo-political disputes that served the greater ambitions of both nations to become the dominant power in the region.