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The Gulf War - A Clash of Cultures and Interests
The Gulf War - A Clash of Cultures and Interests

Author(s): Bertalan Kozma
Subject(s): Present Times (2010 - today)
Published by: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Új-és Jelenkori Egyetemes Történeti Tanszék
Keywords: Gulf War; Saddam Hussein; April Glaspie; American foreign policy; George Bush; Kuwait

Summary/Abstract: The whole world kept their eyes on the events unfolding in the Middle East in 1990. Saddam Hussein launched his massive forces against Kuwait and soon got hold of the small, but extremely rich state, claiming it had always belonged to Iraq. The response came in the form of a state-of-the-art military offensive from the United Nations coalition forces. The Gulf War was the first fully televised and broadcast war in history, the public could follow the events live and breaking. My paper shall explore the true reasons behind this attack, bringing forth the infamous Saddam Hussein .April Glaspie meeting (ambassador to the USA in Iraq), in which she made misleading remarks and the several failed attempts at negotiation to prevent the war, all refused by the United States. My argument will hypothesize that it was in the core interest of the USA to strike militarily in order to maintain the balance of power in the Middle East thus providing a clearer picture between the two opposing opinions as per the cause of the Gulf War: protecting Kuwait from the dictator and attempting to gain full control over the vast oil reserves of Kuwait. Since, it is not all black and white.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 245-254
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English