War in the Gulf, 1990-91 : The Iraq-Kuwait Conflict and Its Implications
For most Americans, the war against Iraq lingers in memory as a vast morality play, a drama offering ready-made heroes and villains: a glowering dictator in military uniform, hapless Kuwaiti refugees with tales of persecution, plucky pilots with high-tech wizardry, and a defiant American president, ringing Churchillian as he drew a line in the sand. But this characterization of the war is greatly oversimplified. Khadduri and Ghareeb offer a far more accurate and complex portrait of the Iraq-Kuwait conflict, providing a wealth of background information not readily available before. War in the Gulf is a balanced, eye-opening account of one of the central events of recent years. It corrects the Western views of most reporting, explaining the frame of mind of the participants as no one has done before and causing us to examine anew such questions as who was responsible for the conflict, and what might have happened if the United States had not intervened so rapidly.
- 01 Dec 2001
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
"Some historical events are so momentous that in the rush to judgement only a one-sided perspective emerges about their origin and causes. Such was the case in Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent Gulf War of 1991. With time, hopefully, some dare to soul search. That has happened with The War in the Gulf, a sobering and analytical retrospective that cuts through conventional cliches. Such quests are critical not merely to imbue the historical record with greater perspective, but also to see with greater clarity the road upon which those events have caused us to embark."--Christine Helms
About Edmund A. Ghareeb
About the Authors: Majid Khadduri is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus and founder of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the author of The Gulf War, on the Iran-Iraq war. Edmund Ghareeb is Adjunct Professor of History at George Washington University and a specialist on media affairs.