DESERT STORM AFTERMATH – WE REALLY BLEW A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

Posted: August 29, 2010 in DESERT BURNING, Desert Storm, thomas t fields jr., Uncategorized, world politics
Tags: , , , , , ,

Looking back twenty years and we can see that we had an opportunity for unification and thus becoming closer to achieving world peace than at any other time in the 20th century; and we let it slip through our fingers.  In 1989 Communinism was collapsing.  The Belin wall came crashing down in October of that year and the other Eastern Bloc countries soon began throwing off their yokes of communinism.  Then on August 2nd, 1990, Saddam Husein invaded Kuwait.  Russia no longer blindly supported the Iraqi regime but preferred to align with the moderate Arab countries and the West.  Had they aligned with Iraq, the diplomatic playing field would have been drastically different.   Soon the coalition forces were pouring into Saudi Arabia and thus the world witnessed handshakes between military units that had only a short time earlier been sworn enemies.  Who could have imagined that Syria would be fighting next to the Americans and British.  Small detatchments from such diverse countries as Senegal streamed to the desert while diplomats and generals worked on the details of what to be known as the “Mother of all Battles”.  Then the battle begins and Isreal is hit by SCUD missles.  A brilliant tactical move by Iraq to bring Isreal into the war and thus splinter the coalition forces, perhaps even causing some Arab factions to turn on their Western allies.  An even more brillian diplomatic move was made by the Bush Whitehouse to keep Isreal out of the war; the first time that Isreal had been attacked but did not retaliate.   Many a country that saw the United States as a paper tiger following the Viet Nam conflict stood awe struck and watched with open mouths as the major weapons of the eastern bloc were surgically turned into flaming infernos as superior training, planning and weapons systems were unleashed on a totally unsuspecting Iraqi army.  Then it was all over.  The planets had aligned for the perfect storm to usher in a period of understanding, bridge building and peace.  Unfortunately this great opportunity was not fully understood and we let an opportunity of global proportion slip through our fingers.  John Locke, 17th century writer and a man whose writings influenced the authors of the Declaration of Indepandence wrote, “But when the actual force is over, the state of war ceases between those that are in society and are equally on both sides subjected to the fair determination of the law, because then there lies open the remedy of appeal for the injury and to prevent future harm.”  There was a brief period of peace following the war but unfortunately we didn’t understood what could have have been.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s