Iraq Invasion of Kuwait vs U.S Iraq War
Iraq and Kuwait have a long history; Kuwait played a huge part in the Iran-Iraq war, mostly financially. Open warfare began on September 22, 1980; Iraq claimed Iran shelled a number of border posts on September 4, 1980. Kuwait funded Iraq during the Iraq-Iran war, which caused tension between the two nations when Iraq couldn’t pay the $14 billion dollars back to Kuwait when it was time to settle their debt. The Iraqi government asked Kuwait to forgive the debt, as they could not afford to pay, Kuwait refused to forgive the debt, which increased tensions between the two nations. The United States supported Kuwait when Iraq invaded Kuwait. During the 2003 Iraq War, the United States and United Kingdom led the invasion of Iraq. The invasion was considered illegal. Many people believe that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair misled parliament with his justifications of the invasion of Iraq. In both wars the international community had to justify the invasion of Iraq and devise solutions to get Iraq to comply with the international community.
Iraq’s justification for its 1991 invasion of Kuwait was that Kuwait had been slant drilling or siphoning crude oil from Ar—Rumaylah oil field which was located on the border between Iraq and Kuwait. Another justification was also that Kuwait was an Iraqi province and they were only reuniting Kuwait with Iraq. The Iraq—Iran war, the Iraqi government never fully recovered. Iraq looked at different avenues to increase revenue and recover its economy from the previous war. Looking for an easy way out, the Iraqi government asked the Saudi and Kuwaiti government to forgive their 40 billion dollar debt incurred during the Iran—Iraq war. Because the Iraq...
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