The Legacy of War



The 1991 Gulf War, fought between the US-contrived Coalition forces and the armies of Saddam Hussein, followed the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990. It followed also the period during which Kuwait was part of the Ottoman vilayet of Basra and the Uqair Conference at which Sir Percy Cox, High Commissioner under the (British-controlled) Indian Army for Mesopotamia, wishing to cut through ‘impossible arguments and ridiculous claims’, resolved with a cavalier flourish of his hand what would constitute the frontiers of Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. And it followed the 1930 judgement of the British High Commissioner in Baghdad ‘that Britain should encourage the gradual absorption of Kuwait into Iraq’, with representatives of the British government contending ‘that Kuwait was a small and expendable state which could be sacrificed without too much concern if the power struggles of the period demanded if’.2


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