Saddam, Iraq, And The Gulf War Essay

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     War, justifiable or not, is complete madness. It is hell. No matter what the cause, or what the reason is, war remains mankind’s greatest source of tragedy, the plague of mankind, and the plague of this country. Our country has existed for only 200 years, a relatively short time, and already we have been involved in over eleven major wars. Four have been fought this last fifty years. We are a nation of freedom, but we are also a nation of strong military presence. Our reasons for going to war have differed little from most nations. Political, social, and economic factors working alone or with each other lead us into all of our conflicts. A drive for independence brought on the Revolutionary war. A common fear …show more content…
Most recently, the Persian Gulf War showed to be one of this country’s more popular wars, despite the fact we, as a land mass, were never directly endangered.
Thousands showed up for rallies to send off the troops. Tens of thousands of individuals and families across the nation sent packages of food, clothes, cassettes, CDs, suntan oil, and even cosmetics. Some wrote letters to unknown soldiers in the front line, and gave them their best wishes. In fact, most public opinion polls showed that about 90 percent of all Americans approved of the Gulf War. 3
     This paper covers in detail the history of Iraq’s involvement in the events leading to the war in the Persian Gulf, the involvement of the United States, and the main events that took place in Operation
Desert Shield and Desert
Storm.

     For centuries, the Middle East has been one of the most important, most argued about, and most fought over areas of the world. One reason for this is their strategic location.
Since it lies at what many call the “crossroads of three continents-”
Europe, Asia and Africa- people of these continents often had to cross through the Middle East to establish military and trade routes.
To protect these routes, other nations took the advantage of conquering and controlling a nearby Middle Eastern country. An addition to the Middle East
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