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Operation Desert Storm

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Transcript of Operation Desert Storm

Although many people are led to believe that America went to war to protect oil prices, there are more reasons why the war was just. Just war theory is a set of military ethics to make sure the war is morally justifiable. Iraq invading Kuwait is an example of aggression. Diplomatic efforts were made to stop the war but when that failed war was the last resort. Before going to war the united nations acted as a competent authority by condemning Iraq's actions. Humanitarian intervention needed to be made because Iraq was killing many Kuwait civilians as well as using gas and nuclear weapons.
Our objectives are clear: Saddam Hussein's forces will leave Kuwait. The legitimate government of Kuwait will be restored to its rightful place, and Kuwait will once again be free.
- President George Bush
January 16, 1991
War Justification
Public Reaction-The Protest
News Stories opposed to U.S intervention
In late January, the anti-war movement held its largest, and last, major event. A rally in Washington D.C. with 75,00 marchers against the war. It received considerable media attention, but following this event, the anti-war movement essentially "died."
Journalists and reporters did not write the full version when writing their stories and printing the headlines. They did not write about the thousands of civilians in Iraq that died during the bombing. What they did write abiout was how U.S. troops destroyed many of Iraq's equipment. Once people realized that one of the main reasons we were in this war was because of oil, they started protesting about ending the war. But Americans stopped protesting once the media stopped writing/ talking about it. How does the media shape the public’s perception of modern warfare? The media made the public believe that our troops were only fighting for Kuwait's freedom. They did not want the American people to know that we were fighting because of oil and that in the end, many innocent lives in Iraq were destroyed.
January 17, 1991 - February 28 1991
A summary of the conflict
The gulf war
CNN "live" report in Saudi Arabia
Operation Desert Storm
Everything started when Iraq was upset with it's small neighboring country Kuwait. Iraq had decided to invade for multiple reasons such as: The control over oil and Iraq's belief that Kuwait had originally belonged to them. Iraq was well armed and experienced because of support from the United States in a previous conflict between Iran and Iraq. Once Iraq's actions were brought to the attention of the United Nations, Iraq was condemned. A coalition of 13 nations was formed including the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Egypt as leading contributors. bombing had gone on for weeks before any ground troops were deployed. After only 100 hours Kuwait was declared liberated. Soon after Iraq agreed to a ceasefire. Although the conflict was over Kuwait was left in disaster. Oil wells were destroyed, buildings were exploded, millions of valuables were plundered, and oil was dumped into the gulf. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died but only 148 American soldiers died in battle
There are many apparent things wrong with this video. It is almost obvious that it is a hoax. CNN was trying to shape the public's opinion about the war. They knew that if they pulled a little skit, as if they were near a war zone, it would shape the publics opinion to be more supportive of the war.
Images of Operation Desert Storm
Protesters protested because they did not like the idea of “Blood for Oil”...


On January 14, 1991, 2,500 anti-war protesters march in downtown Seattle against the Gulf War.
In several countries workers went on strike against the war, or against attacks on their working conditions resulting from the war.
Mr. Bush said his goal "is not the conquest of Iraq, it is the liberation of Kuwait." But he also said, "We are determined to knock out Saddam Hussein's nuclear bomb potential. We will also destroy his chemical weapons facilities." -New York Times
"Highway of Death"
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