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The Persian Gulf War Why Did the US Army stop short of Baghdad in Operation Desert Storm and leave Iraqi Shiites and Kurds more or less alone to face the wrath of Saddam Hussein Why did a coalition of over 30 nations find it was necessary to go to war to help Kuwait after it was invaded by Iraq How did the Coalition defeat the Iraqis And why did they leave thousands of Kurds and Iraqi Shiites to face Saddam Hussein The Gulf War was sparked by Saddams violent tendencies the dispute over borders and finally most importantly oil When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 the world had seen enough the NATO nations formed a coalition with other countries and declared war on Iraq One key piece of this collation was Iraqi Shiites and Kurds who had been fighting Saddams oppressive reign for years however when the war ended they were left to face Saddam alone without the promised US help Together these groups fought in the Middle East until 1991 trying to liberate the nation of Kuwait and rid the region of Saddams terror Since the invasion of Kuwait caught the world by surprise the question in everybodys mind was What were the reasons for the invasion The first reason was Saddam Hussein Saddam had two distinct characteristics one the determination to be remembered in history two a certain vision of the future Saddam wanted to have a unified Arab world with Baghdad as its center Hussein also felt that after the fall of the Ottoman Empire there was an uneven distribution of wealth from oil reserves to the allied nations Bin Hill Jones 1998 Iraqs only hope of survival was clearly oil revenues from its neighbor Kuwait Iraqs economy was also hurt with the consequences of the 8-year Iran-Iraq War a war in which the Americans provided weapons and training for Iraqi troops Grossman
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