Re: state of memes

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    >From: "Dace" <>
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    >Subject: Re: state of memes
    >Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 17:22:53 -0700
    > > In my opinion, Bush
    > > senior's administration could have sent different signals that would
    > > 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
    >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.
    Puleaze. Let's not go making comparisons between the Iron Lady and Hussein.

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