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From our earliest moments in grade school Americas youth has been taught that the Stars and Stripes represent freedom It is this dear belief of ours that shines like a beacon to the rest of the world The United States one of the mightiest nations on earth has been looked to as a defender of freedom both here and abroad During the latter part of 1990 the bully-like dictator of Iraq made his intentions clear to the world he would forcefully invade the nations of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia The cause of this invasion was not clearly defined however there are a couple of reasons that may have attributed to Husseins acts of aggression Some believe that it was the Kuwaitis flaunting of their wealth that provoked the attacks but the most legitimate reason might have been the usage by Kuwait of the disputed Rumaila oil field which runs beneath both countries Miller Mylroie 12 On July 17 1990 Saddam Hussein accused Kuwait and the United Arab Emirate of flooding the world oil market In particular the nation of Kuwait was singled out In an attempt to heighten his threats Saddam placed several Iraqi military units on full alert and mobilized these units towards the Kuwaiti board Library of Congress He Saddam believed that by the mobilization of his troops he would gain the upper hand in negotiations Although many saw Saddams actions as a ploy Secretary General Javier De Cuellar saw these actions as a initiative to an emanate war and call upon both parties to reduce their aggressions and demobilize their forces Miller Mylroie 9 A now famous meeting between US ambassador April Glaspie and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein took place on July 25 1990 Library of Congress Throughout the Middle Eastern conflict many opponents of US policy said Ms Glaspies response at this meeting paved the way to the invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi forces However after the war Ms Glaspie testified
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