The role of the US and the USSR in the Iran-Iraq conflict
When the war between Iraq and Iran broke out, it looked as though the two superpowers might tacitly agree to stay out of it themselves and thus throw a ring of quarantine around the conflict.
In a world in which regional conflicts are becoming increasingly frequent, this is not a bad recipe. The super-Powers (and their allies) may often be partly responsible for these conflicts, insofar as they provide the modern weapons which give them their loathsome destructiveness. To stand aside and watch the battle they have thus primed may be cynical, but far better than throwing themselves into the battle as well.