Saddam's Response To The Iraq War

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Saddam’s decision to invade Kuwait was largely the result of the disappointing outcome of the Iran-Iraq war, combined with traditional Iraqi skepticism about Kuwait’s legitimacy, resentment over “stolen” Iraqi oil from the Rumaila field, and Kuwait’s overproduction of oil. The invasion was widely condemned as it blatantly violated international laws prohibiting the conquest of sovereign states and because Iraq’s presence in Kuwait posed a danger to the Gulf States. The act was seen as so egregious that even Bin Laden condemned it and offered to defend Saudi Arabia against Saddam’s Ba’athism on the condition that American troops would not be allowed in–the Saudi officials rejected his offer. In response to the invasion, the Bush administration…show more content…
Both American and Saudi officials were aware of this and reduced the number of American troops from 500,000 in 1990 to less than one thousand in 1993; however, Saddam's deployment of troops near Kuwait's border in 1994 caused the US to send an additional 30,000 troops to the Gulf. In 1995, members of the “Islamic Movement for Change” called for the withdrawal of US troops from Arabia and warned that failure to do so would result in various attacks; that November, a US military building in Riyadh was bombed and in 1996, the Khobar Towers were bombed. Evidently, Saddam was well-aware of the Saudi’s dilemma and used religious opposition to American presence to his advantage. Likewise, the arrival of US forces in the holy land provoked Bin Laden to break ties with the Saudi royal family and issue two fatwas in which he expressed numerous grievances against the US: “the US has been occupying the lands of Islam, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors”. Over the follow years, suicide bombers blew up bombers blew up the US embassy in Kenya and Tanzania as well as the USS Cole in the port of Aden. The increasing effectiveness of these earlier attacks not only served as warnings of…show more content…
Since the Iranian Revolution, the US has implemented a policy of “containment” toward Iran in an attempt to prevent the spread of Islamic fundamentalism; ironically, at the same time that the US is trying to contain Iran, it supports Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan. Similarly, during the Iran-Iraq war, the Reagan administration repaired relations with Iraq and openly supported them while simultaneously supporting the Iranians covertly based on the logic that either side should
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