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Justifications for the First Gulf War.

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´╗┐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.

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