The Gulf War
In the early morning of August the second
1990, Saddam Hussein and a fleet of tanks as well as 100,000 thousand troops
invaded neighboring Kuwait with out provocation or warning. Iraq also had
surface-to-surface missiles to take complete control of Kuwait; this all
took place just hours after Saddam Hussein had assured neighboring countries
that there would under no circumstances be an invasion. George Bush entered
the Gulf War for the sole reason of recovering the oil and Kuwaiti Boolean
that Saddam Hussein had stolen. President George Bush’s goal in entering
the war was to recover the stolen oil from the Iraqi’s, and ensure that
it continues to be sold at a reasonable amount by the Kuwaiti’s, rather
than have the prices raised or even the threat of being cut off by Saddam
Hussein; there was also an extreme threat that the Iraqi’s possessed nuclear
weapons which would endanger all bordering countries.
The President said that anything less than
the full cooperation of the Iraqi troops and tanks would result in immediate
action by the U.S troops in his address to the people. Bush also demanded
that full restoration of the Kuwaiti government must also take place rather
than the puppet regime that was established by Saddam Hussein after his
take over. This was one of the many incidents that lead President George
Bush to take action against the Iraqi’s due to their involvement in the
Persian Gulf crisis.
The United Nations placed sanctions upon
Iraq, which lead to the starvation of one point two million Iraqi civilians.
It was also the cause of the famine rate amongst children from the age
five and below to rise almost one quarter from its rate the previous year.
960,000 women and children dead due to the sanctions brought forth by the
UN. The sanctions, which were brought forth, involved the immediate hold
put on all food, clothing, and medicines from entering Iraq. The points
of the sanctions were to weaken the strength of Saddam Hussein and his
task forces. In July of 1997 the U.S government held a press conference
stating that it was indeed true that the figure was actually well over
one point two million Iraqi civilians were killed due to the sanctions.
This was one of the major set backs in the campaign of President Bush among
Another fact that set President Bush back
was the belief of the people that it was not worth putting the lives of
American troops on the line for oil. The tabloids headlined most national
papers with “no blood for oil.” Bush found himself so wrapped up in the
whole oil dispute that his own people was opposing his actions for the
fear of losing their loved ones over a mere oil dispute.
Among the public and in the eyes of the
media the President seemed truly sympathetic; it seemed as though he was
showing great sympathy for the people of Kuwait. Bush told the people that
the hatred of Saddam Hussein could possibly and would spread causing world
war three. The President also warned that if the crisis went on without
interruption that eventually the United States would be forced into taking
action, as the madness created by Saddam Hussein would spread.
President Bush also explained to the people
that dealing with Saddam Hussein could very well is dealing with the next
Adolph Hitler. Both Hussein and Hitler both look at the life of others
through the same perspective: The meaning of life compares nothing to that
of having the greatest power in the world. Neither Hitler nor Hussein cared
for the people of their prospective lands, they cared for the benefit of
their personal crusade as well as attempt at being the first ever to control
the world. Hitler tried to accomplish this feat by just shear force. Saddam
Hussein tried to achieve his goal of supremacy by controlling one of the
worlds richest and much needed resources, the Kuwaiti oil. So therefore
there was a great threat to all other nations that Saddam Hussein would
be the next Adolph Hitler thus to act fast would prevent a possible world
war three from ever occurring as well as a possible threat of world domination
from Saddam Hussein.
President Bush and other members of the
UN had to worry about the threat of Hussein using germ warfare to intimidate
surrounding countries into surrendering there nation power to him and his
army. Germ warfare would take care of all those who opposed him and or
resisted his reign as ruler. Therefore the threat of all surrounding areas
giving into Hussein and having him become the ultimate power that Hitler
had become it was very necessary for Bush to intervene in the Gulf and
send in the American eighty-second Airborne Division as well as key units
of the United States Air Force to assist the Saudi Government in the defense
of their homeland.
The members of the UN realized that there
was a great threat of Saddam Hussein attacking Saudi Arabia, therefore;
it was reasonable to move the air units in, there was no question that
Saddam Hussein wanted to control the middle-east, and all the oil sales
and trade through out Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. With the power
over one of the worlds greatest and richest resources Saddam Hussein knew
that he could count on the fact that he had the power to cut any country
he liked out of the circle and prevent them from purchasing his oil. He
also reserved the right to raise the price at any given time for any given
reason. With the sale of the vast amount of Kuwaiti oil Hussein had all
the money need to have the most powerful germ warfare weapons as well as
chemical and biological weapons to pressure the resisting countries.
Therefore George Bush intervened in the
Gulf War for the sole purpose of saving the Kuwaiti oil as well as to protect
the Saudi’s who requested to extra defense of the UN and the United States.
Bush also intervened in the war to protect the American troops that had
been sent over to the Middle East to assist the Saudi Government in fending
off the possible attacks from Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi army. The threat
of chemical warfare, the possible attacks on the Saudi’s, the aggression
act, Hitler syndrome, Kuwaiti oil, and finally the disregard by Saddam
Hussein for the sanctions placed on Iraq. Causing the deaths of many of
his people were all key factors, which contributed to George Bush and the
United Nations entering the Gulf War and battling, Saddam Hussein.