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Transcript of Iliana Cardenas
By: Iliana Cardenas
Was president Bush’s Operation Desert Storm necessary in order to protect Saudi Arabia from Saddam Hussein?
In the mid 1990’s President Saddam Hussein faced many war debts and invaded Kuwait hoping to enhance his regional power and get control over oil revenues and get domestic support. George Bush would not stand for this, so he condemned the invasion and vowed to defend Kuwait. He was outraged by Hussein’s actions and he feared that Iraq would threaten the US oil supplies. In the Persian Gulf War of 1991, Operation Desert Storm forced Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. Much of the oil industry was destroyed by bombs that burned the facilities down. Oil wells burned for many months darkening the sky over American forces and causing many environmental damage. Bush convinced many important governments to sign an economic boycott of Iraq to start waning Hussein to stop his evil practices. In the Operation Desert Shield Bush sent 500,000 US forces to the region, joining more than 200,000 soldiers from the allies. Operation desert storm began in January 16, 1991 with the greatest air armada in history. American missiles bombed raids on Baghdad, and all around the nation, this occurrence was being witnessed. The war ended on March 1st, 40,000 Iraqis were killed and about one quarter of Americans who died were killed by “friendly fire”-killed by weapons of the US or allied troops.
A Day in History
Fight Fire with Fire
Saudi called the U.S. to come and help them
Did Kuwait deserve the US aid????
These letters and ads show that this war impacted history in many forms. The war had started all so that Kuwait could be saved from Hussein.
It all began in January 16,1991…
Magazines, speeches and Pictures depict the enemy and shows the things that the enemy said about the war.
Primary Source: Newspapers
Videos reporting the disaster
Due to CNN reports people were aware of what was going on.
Primary sources such as the live news and newspapers.
CNN reporters broadcaster live from a Baghdad hotel while bombs were falling from the city.
Millions of Americans viewed this occurrence. General Norman Schwarzkopf launched a ground war that quickly routed the Iraqis from Kuwait.
The battle lasted 4 months
Videos are primary sources because it captures footage of the weapons being used in this war.
The weapons being used
A video is classified as a primary source helpful to visualize the events.
The Armada that gave the US the victory
40,000 Iraqis were killed and about 1 quarter of Americans died
primary sources such as tomb stones and memorials of that day show the quantity of people who died for the cause.
The result of the war
And once more I ask….
Civilians and coalition military forces
wave Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian flags
as they celebrate the retreat of Iraqi
forces from Kuwait as a result of
Operation Desert Storm
Kuwait is free from Saddam Hussain’s evil power
Maps are also considered primary sources because they show the trace of events that occurred in a specific location.
the U.S. sent 230,000 men willing to defeat the enemy
Primary & Secondary Sources: Political Cartoons show the event
On February 27, 1991, five months after Iraq invaded Kuwait, the U.S. and its allies forced
Saddam Hussein to withdraw his troops. In a nationally broadcast address, President George Bush calls on Iraq to meet the requirements for a permanent ceasefire.