• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Justifications for the First Gulf War.

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Sulaiman M. Al-Omar The Right to Defend an Allies Did you know Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990, because Iraq was in debt 80 billion dollars from the conflict between Iraq and Iran? Saddam Hussain was a cruel leader who wanted to pay off his country?s debt but didn?t know how so he invaded Kuwait. He thought that by invading Kuwait, he could steal the oil and pay off the debt. Instead of creating ?the 19th province of Iraq?, Iraq was quickly defeated with the help of the United States. The United States of America had the right to help Kuwait and defeat Iraq. Because of previous conflicts with Iraq, the United States knew what Iraq was capable of. Before the Gulf War, the United States of America already had a bad confrontation with Iraq when Iraq helped the Soviet Union in the Cold War. ...read more.


An additional 10 million barrels were poured into the Persian Gulf, poisoning the animal and marine life in the area?(the Daily Green). This shows what Saddam was capable of. Another reason why the USA had the right to help Kuwait is because the US needed an ally in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (U.S. Department of State). The US depended on the GCC for their oil reserves, and if a major conflict started in the Gulf, their oil reserves would run out quickly. The disruption of oil supplies would cause financial problems within the USA, the GCC, and other countries. For this reason, the United Nations sent a coalition army of around 956,000 troops from 36 countries. This massive amount of forces was led by the United States (military.com). Because of global impact of the GCC?s oil, the USA had the right to help Kuwait. ...read more.


Think of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. Look at the aftermath it created. Who would want another devastation like this? In order to avoid another nuclear war, the US had the right to step in and stop the Iraqi forces. Furthermore, ?According to former U.N. inspector David Kay, Iraq spent over $10 billion during the 1980s in an attempt to enrich uranium and build a nuclear weapon? (PBS). This enrichment of nuclear weapons could have brought the destruction of Kuwait. The United States of America played a major role in the Gulf War. They made Iraq retreat, they helped Kuwait gain their freedom, and they potentially stopped a nuclear war from happening. Because of the many threats of Iraq to the GCC and the rest of the world, American had the right to step in and help out. Many Kuwaiti citizens are thankful for the USA, Canada, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and all 36 countries that helped Kuwait. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. The Impact of the Manhattan Project on the Cold War

    The (relatively) newfound rivalry between the world's democracies and communist countries also would not exist. Conclusion Under the auspices of the Manhattan Project, three main research and production facilities were established at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; at Hanford, Washington; and at Los Alamos, New Mexico.

  2. Internal Assessment: Camp David and Oslo Accords

    which was about Palestinian self-government in Gaza and Jericho * also on Preparatory Transfer of Powers and Responsibilities of August 29, 1994 * Hebron massacre * The Jewish physician Baruch murdered 29 and hurt 75 at the Hebron Tomb

  1. My research questions: did the United States of America really lose the Vietnam War ...

    This made the USSR feel more stable in the Cold War. On the basis of former secret Soviet archives, the Russian historian concludes, "Inspired by its gains and by the decline of the U.S. prestige resulting from Vietnam and domestic upheaval, the Soviet leadership adopted a more aggressive and rigid foreign policy, particularly in the Third World"8.

  2. The cold war - the conferences and the start of the cCold War

    Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech; March 5, 1946 - Churchill makes a speech where he talks about an iron curtain descending within Europe from the (Stettin) Baltic in the North and to Trieste in the South - The speech was agreed with the state department in advance and President Truman was

  1. USA invasion of Iraq

    Saddam Hussein unresponsiveness to the United Nation's resolution on weapons of mass destruction led to US assumption of Iraq's plans to pass along its arms to al Qaeda. (10) To support the assertion that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, the vice president of the US, Dick Cheney, in 2001

  2. America and the First Gulf War

    a commitment to the security and stability of the Persian Gulf, and (4) the protection of the lives of American citizens abroad (Bush). Kuwait and Saudi Arabia alone hold more than one third of the world's petroleum, and the possible invasion of Saudi Arabia was perceived to be a serious threat.

  1. Notes on the History and Development of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    In Palestinian eyes, this law authorised the theft of a million Arabs' property. Palestinians were encouraged to attempt to reclaim their possessions in Israel; 5000 unarmed Palestinians were killed by Israel between 1949 and 1956 for doing so * In July 1950, the Knesset passed the Law of Return which

  2. Why did Tsarism fail to survive the first world war

    Starvation, homelessness, disease, child prostitution etc. became a common occurrence on the streets and the Russian society was slowly deteriorating. They had to do something since the current situation would not permit the society to last much longer. Mass desertions from the army instilled fear and doubt in the population.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work