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St Augustines Just War Theory and the Persion Gulf War On August 2nd 1990 the first Iraqi tanks crossed into Kuwait as part of an invasion that marked the start of a six-month conflict between the United States and Iraq These tanks were ordered to invade Kuwait by Saddam Hussein the ruthless dictator of Iraq The Iraqi troops looted Kuwaiti businesses and brutalized Kuwaiti civilians Saudi Arabia began to fear that they may be invaded as well and on August 7th they formally asked President Bush for US assistance The US pledged to defend the Saudis and to remove the Iraqis from Kuwait Great masses of troops from many different nations were deployed in the Persian Gulf area At 430 PM EST on January 16 1991 the first aircraft with orders to attack Iraqi targets were launched from Saudi Arabia marking the beginning of Operation Desert Storm Dictators like Mr Hussein cannot be allowed to take advantage of smaller countries like bullies after lunch money There has to be someone to stop them or they will gain more and more power and land just as Adolf Hitler tried to do in World War II That someone in the case of Mr Hussein was the United States along with a multinational coalition The US had just cause in entering a war against Iraq because of Iraqs invasion of the small and defenseless nation of Kuwait Actions such as that must be repulsed Iraq had no just cause in invading Kuwait their reasons were either obscure or for their benefit The US had to help Kuwait regain their nation In protecting the Saudis from invasion and removing the Iraqis from Kuwait the US had the right intention The real reason the US decided to fight the
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