I think he meant Saddam became victorious in finally getting Iran to stop slapping him around!Yes,I`d ignore rubbish like that,
What I did find very ironic is that he seemingly completely overlooks the fact that it was the iraqis use of ballistic missiles in an increasingly desperate attempt to bring the war to the iranian capital,that lead iran to at first simply just acquire/purchase scuds of its own so as to have ballistic missiles that it could shoot back at the iraqis with,but this would then ultimately lead to the creation of the modern day iranian ballistic missile forces that are effectively the basis for irans regional deterrent power.
This does pose an extremely interesting question tho,Would iran still have gone down the ballistic missile route if the iraqis had decided not to initiate the war of the cities?,or was it simply always virtually inevitable that iran would`ve had no real choice but to turn to missile power in some form at some point in time during the last 40 years?
As for who actually won the war any objective person would clearly analyze it like this:
- Saddam (Iraq) started the war and invaded Iran with clear objective of annexing portion of Iranian soil.
- Iran was caught off guard and portions of it's territory was initially invaded, however, Iran succeeded in taking back every inch of it's territory. And won by maintaining it's territorial integrity.
So clearly Saddam failed in it's attempt to invade Iran and lost and clearly Iran succeeded in maintaining it's territorial integrity and at least on paper won. (I say on paper because in a war like that both sides loose.)
Now one can argue that Iran failed to properly punish Saddam, sure that may be true.
It can be argued that Iran made a mistake in choosing not to end the war years earlier. Maybe, it's easy to judge when you don't really know what the long term outcome of different decision would have been.
It can be argued that given the weapons Iran had it's military clearly underperformed. True, but that would be the fault of the Shah who clearly created a fully dependent military. And none of these arguments change the fact that Iran won at least on paper!