Re: state of memes

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    > In my opinion, Bush
    > senior's administration could have sent different signals that would have
    > prevented the invasion of Kuwait.

    You can say that again. Bush clearly invited Hussein to take Kuwait. His
    ambassador, April Glaspie, told Hussein that the US had no concern with the
    dispute between Kuwait and Iraq. This was as good an invitation for
    invasion as anything Hussein could have hoped for. He must have been
    flabergasted when he discovered that the US, his ally, was suddenly turning
    against him. Ever since the downfall of the Shah of Iran, Hussein had been
    our number one man in the Persian Gulf region. It was presumably as a
    result of US prodding that Iraq invaded Iran in 1980. Given the stupendous
    military superiority Iraq enjoyed over its rival, the war should have been a
    piece of cake. Instead it was a stalemate. Iraq had been built up as a
    serious military power, yet it was completely unreliable as a surrogate in
    the region. So it had to be punished. Hence the invitation to invade
    Kuwait and the excuse to bomb it back to the 3rd World.

    The main thing to keep in mind is that Hussein considered himself to be a
    junior partner of the US in the region. He had no intention of biting the
    hand that fed him. He was no more likely than Thatcher to launch a nuclear
    attack against us.


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