Air War in the Gulf 1991 by Chris Chant, Mark Rolfe

By Chris Chant, Mark Rolfe

In August 1990 Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces invaded and occupied the small Arab kingdom of Kuwait. This publication analyses the consequent Gulf conflict (16 January - 28 February 1991) - a struggle fought to expel Iraq and fix Kuwaiti independence if no longer, as one British MP tartly saw, to protect democracy. The allies less than normal Schwarzkopf introduced 5 weeks of air assaults, deploying 1,800 technologically hugely complex plane from the united states, British, French and Saudi air forces. lots of those machines, together with the British Tornadoes and US F-117A Stealth combatants, had by no means prior to engaged in wrestle, and their mixed attack, watched via hundreds of thousands on television, mixed awesome accuracy with firepower to which the Iraqi forces had no solution.

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Might they be connected? I had loved reading about Babylon when I was a child, and it was exciting to think the Mandaeans were the last frail remnant of Babylonian civilization. When I was telephoned by the high priest of the Mandaeans and asked for a meeting, therefore, it was like being summoned to meet one of the Knights of the Round Table, or discovering that in a small village in a remote part of the English countryside a community still worshiped Odin and had invited me to tea. So I said yes: I would see the high priest.

If people in the Middle East fight about their beliefs more than Europeans and Americans do, it is partly because those beliefs are so precious to them. While the fighting is something that should be stopped, the religious spirit that motivates it may have something more attractive to offer. So the chapters that follow may perhaps prompt a reflection: as well as all the lessons that the West wants to teach to the people of the Middle East, have we something to learn from them? ————— I have chosen in the book to use modern names of countries in the Middle East, even when referring to the distant past.

The legend, which influenced the biblical account of Noah, was based on fact. Iraq’s low-lying cities were exposed to devastating inundations. The archaeologist Leonard Woolley discovered evidence of one such flood as his team dug down through the ruins of Ur in the 1920s and found eight feet of clean soil between two layers of pottery and flint implements.  . ’” It might be truer to say that it was a flood, but the basis for the biblical story is certainly Iraq, whose civilization therefore is older than the Flood.

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