With the collapse of the East European communist states in the late 1980s, the West was quick to herald the emergence of a new international order. President George Bush, in his State of the Union address to Congress on 31 January 1990, announced the ‘new world of challenges and opportunities’ and the ‘need for leadership that only America can provide’. With the demise of the Soviet Union and Washington’s military success in the 1991 US-led war against Iraq, there was growing talk of a New World Order set to shape the post-Soviet global scene. Bush himself was uniquely associated with the concept of the New Order; having contrived the killing, wounding or traumatising of many more than one million Arabs, he declared on 1 March 1991: ‘There is a better climate now … we are going to try to lead.’1
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