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Is the Gulf War Syndrome Real On August 2 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait The United States government acted very quickly Ships were dispatched to the Persian Gulf and oil prices shot up as and oil embargo was placed against Iraq The US government told us that Saddam Hussein was poised to invade the neighboring countries including Saudi Arabia and the worlds oil supply was threatened George Bush launched operation Desert Shield in which a coalition of many nations armies gathered in the deserts of Saudi Arabia bordering Iraq and Kuwait As the war began the coalition of national armies assembled in Saudi Arabia took a few SCUD missile shots fired from Iraq When the troops started moving in Sadams army turned and tried to get out of Kuwait The Iraqi Republican Guard stayed safely back far from the fighting Several hundred US troops died in the brief battle and tens of thousands of Iraqis died Many if not most of the US deaths were the result of friendly fire At this point George Bush decided to bring the troops home UN weapons inspectors converged on Iraq and the coalition armies dispersed Perhaps the most hyped war in history was now over It was almost certainly the war most orchestrated for the media All the troops had been drilled for months in preparation for a tremendous battle and possibly chemical and biological weapons Suddenly it was over They were sent home and returned to their normal everyday lives Memories of the threat of chemical and biological weapons remained Years pass before rumors begin to surface a veteran suddenly died for no known cause there was a veteran who developed an enormous tumor and there was a veteran whos new child is severely malformed The threat of chemical and biological weapons returns to everyones memory People start thinking that perhaps this is the cause of all these illnesses The threat seemed very
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