Lies are a large part of the political sphere here in the good old U.S. of A. but no more so than when it comes to war. Most Americans do not like a history lesson for it usually bites their dicks off and they have to come up with some lame excuse for why it was done….
I recently helped a professor friend over the Summer by teaching a lesson on the first Gulf War….I was amazed at how little is known about a war people think we won. About the only incident they remember is first that Saddam invaded Kuwait and second that his army raided a hospital and stripped it bear even leaving a baby behind after they stole its incubator…..this story was told by a young woman as an eye witnessed the problem was she was a diplomats daughter who had been in Kuwait only for her first five years and has never been back.
The war had its moments when it possibly could have been avoided….I wrote an article for my fiends at Ace News Room on this subject…..
I have been writing about the Middle East for decades….I hit my stride back in 1990 with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Most of my saved writings were lost in Katrina…the winds took out a window in the room where I did my research and writing, my office, if you will……I had files upon files of saved material that was lost to wet damage….or so I thought…..I was doing some spring cleaning and found 5 plastic storage bins that I had no idea what is within…after a thorough search I located all my saved articles and stuff from the Desert Storm days…..a eureka moment!
Just a bit of negotiation could have saved lives….but nope war was on the bill and it was going to happen no matter what….
Now about the “incubator baby” thing……
Many Americans whose memories reach back to the Dark Ages of Gulf War 1 remember the “incubator babies” story: according to a weepy testimony of a Kuwaiti “nurse,” Saddam Hussein’s soldiers threw newborn babies out of incubators in a Kuwaiti hospital and left them to die. The “discovery” so outraged the American public, it helped generate public support for turning “Desert Shield” (originally sold as protection of Saudi Arabia from a phantom Iraqi attack) into “Desert Storm.”
There was only one problem with the story: none of it was true.
Ah the power of propaganda……is it possible that they would be lying to the people now?
“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell