Pros And Cons Of The Gulf War

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“All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.” (John Steinbeck). Across the history of mankind, war, regardless of its reasons and outcomes, had led to the countless loss of human life. The gulf war, also known as the Persian Gulf War, is an international incident triggered by the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq under its leader, Saddam Hussein, which led to long term effects on the politics of the region. Many western historians claim that Sadam’s probable motive was to seize the wealth of Iraq’s oil rich neighbor, Kuwait. The claim is that Saddam, in his act of invasion, was trying to rid his country of the severe economic trouble that it found itself facing after its war with Iran. There were other reasons for Saddam’s invasion…show more content…
Saddam responded by launching eight missiles into Israel, this continued to occur throughout the first six weeks of the war (Saylor organization 2011) . Saddam’s motives behind these air attacks were to force Israel to retaliate so it could join the war against Iraq. In doing so, Saddam hoped that Arab nations would withdraw from the coalition as they would refuse to fight alongside Israel. Saddam failed to achieve his goal as Israel refused to enter the conflict based on a request by the United States (Saylor Organization 2011) . The war also prevented Iraq from the possibility of controlling the price of oil, something George Bush Senior feared would happen, it also failed to overthrow the Iraqi Leader.(Persian Gulf War Encyclopedia) . After the war, rebellions took place by the Shia Muslims in the southern areas and by Kurds in the north. Thousands of Iraqi casualties could also be listed under the outcomes of the Persian Gulf War.

According to the Saylor organization, The UN and the United Sates gave several justifications for why they have intervened in the conflict, the most raised being the Iraqi contravention of Kuwaiti territorial integrity . On the other hand, no force was mobilized when Indonesia invaded East-Timor in 1975. In addition, the Pentagon claimed that the source of information for which they knew about the Iraqi forces building up in Kuwait was satellite photos, this was later shown to be false as the Satellite photos turned out to show only empty deserts (Saylor
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