The Gulf War The Gulf War In the early morning of August the second 1990, Saddam Hussein and a fleet of tanks as well as 100,000 thousand troops invaded neighboring Kuwait with out provocation or warning. Iraq also had surface-to-surface missiles to take complete control of Kuwait; this all took place just hours after Saddam Hussein had assured neighboring countries that there would under no circumstances be an invasion. George Bush entered the Gulf War for the sole reason of recovering the oil and Kuwaiti Boolean that Saddam Hussein had stolen. President George Bushs goal in entering the war was to recover the stolen oil from the Iraqis, and ensure that it continues to be sold at a reasonable amount by the Kuwaitis, rather than have the prices raised or even the threat of being cut off by Saddam Hussein; there was also an extreme threat that the Iraqis possessed nuclear weapons which would endanger all bordering countries. The President said that anything less than the full cooperation of the Iraqi troops and tanks would result in immediate action by the U.S troops in his address to the people.
Bush also demanded that full restoration of the Kuwaiti government must also take place rather than the puppet regime that was established by Saddam Hussein after his take over. This was one of the many incidents that lead President George Bush to take action against the Iraqis due to their involvement in the Persian Gulf crisis. The United Nations placed sanctions upon Iraq, which lead to the starvation of one point two million Iraqi civilians. It was also the cause of the famine rate amongst children from the age five and below to rise almost one quarter from its rate the previous year. 960,000 women and children dead due to the sanctions brought forth by the UN.
The sanctions, which were brought forth, involved the immediate hold put on all food, clothing, and medicines from entering Iraq. The points of the sanctions were to weaken the strength of Saddam Hussein and his task forces. In July of 1997 the U.S government held a press conference stating that it was indeed true that the figure was actually well over one point two million Iraqi civilians were killed due to the sanctions. This was one of the major set backs in the campaign of President Bush among the people. Another fact that set President Bush back was the belief of the people that it was not worth putting the lives of American troops on the line for oil.
The tabloids headlined most national papers with “no blood for oil.” Bush found himself so wrapped up in the whole oil dispute that his own people was opposing his actions for the fear of losing their loved ones over a mere oil dispute. Among the public and in the eyes of the media the President seemed truly sympathetic; it seemed as though he was showing great sympathy for the people of Kuwait. Bush told the people that the hatred of Saddam Hussein could possibly and would spread causing world war three. The President also warned that if the crisis went on without interruption that eventually the United States would be forced into taking action, as the madness created by Saddam Hussein would spread. President Bush also explained to the people that dealing with Saddam Hussein could very well is dealing with the next Adolph Hitler. Both Hussein and Hitler both look at the life of others through the same perspective: The meaning of life compares nothing to that of having the greatest power in the world. Neither Hitler nor Hussein cared for the people of their prospective lands, they cared for the benefit of their personal crusade as well as attempt at being the first ever to control the world.
Hitler tried to accomplish this feat by just shear force. Saddam Hussein tried to achieve his goal of supremacy by controlling one of the worlds richest and much needed resources, the Kuwaiti oil. So therefore there was a great threat to all other nations that Saddam Hussein would be the next Adolph Hitler thus to act fast would prevent a possible world war three from ever occurring as well as a possible threat of world domination from Saddam Hussein. President Bush and other members of the UN had to worry about the threat of Hussein using germ warfare to intimidate surrounding countries into surrendering there nation power to him and his army. Germ warfare would take care of all those who opposed him and or resisted his reign as ruler.
Therefore the threat of all surrounding areas giving into Hussein and having him become the ultimate power that Hitler had become it was very necessary for Bush to intervene in the Gulf and send in the American eighty-second Airborne Division as well as key units of the United States Air Force to assist the Saudi Government in the defense of their homeland. The members of the UN realized that there was a great threat of Saddam Hussein attacking Saudi Arabia, therefore; it was reasonable to move the air units in, there was no question that Saddam Hussein wanted to control the middle-east, and all the oil sales and trade through out Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. With the power over one of the worlds greatest and richest resources Saddam Hussein knew that he could count on the fact that he had the power to cut any country he liked out of the circle and prevent them from purchasing his oil. He also reserved the right to raise the price at any given time for any given reason. With the sale of the vast amount of Kuwaiti oil Hussein had all the money need to have the most powerful germ warfare weapons as well as chemical and biological weapons to pressure the resisting countries. Therefore George Bush intervened in the Gulf War for the sole purpose of saving the Kuwaiti oil as well as to protect the Saudis who requested to extra defense of the UN and the United States.
Bush also intervened in the war to protect the American troops that had been sent over to the Middle East to assist the Saudi Government in fending off the possible attacks from Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi army. The threat of chemical warfare, the possible attacks on the Saudis, the aggression act, Hitler syndrome, Kuwaiti oil, and finally the disregard by Saddam Hussein for the sanctions placed on Iraq. Causing the deaths of many of his people were all key factors, which contributed to George Bush and the United Nations entering the Gulf War and battling, Saddam Hussein.