It strained Iraqi political and social life, and led to severe economic dislocations.

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Their Steve Jobs parody from last night's show was very good.

A shareholder meeting with Steve Jobs allows him to introduce the next product in the i Line, after the i Pod, i Mac, i Book, i Picture Frame, i Lamp, i Microwave, and i Vaccuum Cleaner.

It's the i Rack, and the audience questions whether their company should involve themselves with such an unstable product. Jobs then adds the i Products to the shelves of the i Rack, causing it to wobble to and fro. The audience says the i Rack doesn't want all those products in it - and besides, the products aren't getting along with each other very well.

The Iran-Iraq War permanently altered the course of Iraqi history.

In this respect, Saddam Hussein's decision to invade Iran has historical precedent; the ancient rulers of Mesopotamia, fearing internal strife and foreign conquest, also engaged in frequent battles with the peoples of the highlands.

The Iran-Iraq War was multifaceted and included religious schisms, border disputes, and political differences.

Conflicts contributing to the outbreak of hostilities ranged from centuries-old Sunni-versus-Shia and Arab-versus-Persian religious and ethnic disputes, to a personal animosity between Saddam Hussein and Ayatollah Khomeini.

Above all, Iraq launched the war in an effort to consolidate its rising power in the Arab world and to replace Iran as the dominant Persian Gulf state.

Phebe Marr, a noted analyst of Iraqi affairs, stated that "the war was more immediately the result of poor political judgement and miscalculation on the part of Saddam Hussein," and "the decision to invade, taken at a moment of Iranian weakness, was Saddam's".