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The Gulf War had serious ramifications, it all started when the late Saddam Hussein accused his neighboring country in Kuwait of stealing oil from his country. CNN covered the Gulf War very well, the two countries involved in the war used CNN to let the world know of what was happening and what were the two countries trying to do. “The real war, fought in the two first months of 1991, also used the media. Especially through the US-based satellite newscaster CNN, a world-wide audience was allowed live coverage of the war. On the battlefields themselves, this war was one of the most uneven battles ever fought.” (Gulf War) This is the power of media, it can change sentiments within seconds and no other thing in this world can do this as effectively and as quickly as the
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On the 2nd of August, 1990, Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait and took over control. The Kuwaitis were subjected to much torture and suffering in the months that followed. Saddam Hussein, the president justified the invasion saying Kuwait used to be a part of Iraq and should once again be so.
The invasion of Kuwait by Iraq was viewed by most of ordinary American citizens as something that is quite distant to them in terms not only of geographical distance but of its immediacy in terms of a threat to the nation’s oil supply, threat to Mideast peace and the overall geopolitical balance of power.
With Saudi Arabia as an ally nurtured by President Truman way back in 1947, the U.S in its seemingly hegemonistic pursuits and driven by the vision of global interdependence in respect of oil, backed up by the Nixon’s Twin Pillar Policy of the early seventies, adopted the strategy of “Active and Offshore Balancing”
During the middle of January 1991, the United States-led coalition attacked the Iraqi forces in Kuwait. The Gulf War's ending by February 1991 ushered the new American agenda for a “new world order” (Monshipouri and Zolty 552). The “new world order” pursued “equilibrium” instead of “hegemony,” “economic convergence and cooperation” and not “protectionism,” “shared responsibility and leadership” and not single-power leadership, and the achievement of peace through diplomacy and negotiation, not through military force (Monshipouri and Zolty 552).
Some people believe that Kuwait is an ally of America and hence it was the moral responsibility of America to protect the sovereignty of Kuwait. Many others believe that America attacked Iraq not to free Kuwait but to control the oil resources of Iraq. A third argument says that America attacked Iraq to prevent Soviet Union from establishing their supremacy in Middle East.
America and United Nations organization retaliated on the attack and immediately imposed economic sanctions on the country of Iraq. America completely rejected any form of negotiations that Iraq had proposed in order to leave Kuwait, among the demand made by Iraq being that America should destroy both Israel’s and Iraq’s lethal weapons.
The gulf war in 1990-1991 was a reaction to Saddam’s threat to the region, which eventually caused significant changes in Middle East affecting economic, political and social conditions. Following the coalition war, the problem of Iraq against the west was not because the regime was undemocratic because no Iraqi regime has ever been democratic but because the country’s foreign policy came into conflict with western interests.
Not only the oil supply was threatened, but also there was a danger of emboldened Saddam invading the neighbouring countries like Saudi Arabia. Hence, operation 'Desert Shield' was launched with great public support and at that time, George Bush was at the zenith of his popularity.
The Iraq Kuwait War had a combination of conflicts and had started from the independence of Iraq in 1932. Iraq refused to accept Kuwait as a separate nation till 1963. Iraq claimed that Kuwait was a part of Ottoman Empire in 18th
The U.S. succeeded in the war because of the small resistance it received in getting its high-tech military equipment into place. The U.S. also confronted Iraqi army which was not in support of the deeds of Saddam Hussein during his regime. Additionally, the U.S. took advantage of the political and social incapacity of the Saddam’s army.
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