It was 20 years ago this January that the Gulf War began. On January 16th, 1991 the the war against Iraq began. Aggression against Kuwait was one of the main causes of this conflict. Operation Desert Storm would result in the defeat of the Iraqi army, and the beginning of immeasurable suffering for the Iraqi people.
The U.S. has been at war with Iraq off and on for the past two decades. When will it stop? It’s not fashionable to talk about an ongoing war in terms of what it is doing to the economy, but the point needs to be made. As we begin the year, and hear much talk in the air of deficit reduction and austerity, remember that all the resources that could be utilized to bolster the economy are being siphoned off by the war efforts. In this modern day, war is not good for the economy. It might be good for the military contractors, but for the domestic economy, not so much. The war effort marches on, despite the “removal” of combat troops last year. There is no telling how long the conflict will last, and it seems that constant war is just a political reality all must accept. Below is a clip outlining the history of the First Gulf War.