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>From: "Dace" <email@example.com>
>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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