It’s Time To Admit Saddam Hussein Was Right
Twenty five years ago today, On January 6, 1991, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was well aware that his invasion of Kuwait five months prior was leading to battle. Negotiations to force his retreat were futile, and U.S. President George H. W. Bush had our military and an international coalition ready. War was at hand. Knowing that, Saddam stood, rifle in hand and made a now infamous declaration most have greatly misinterpreted.
“The battle in which you are locked today is the mother of all battles…Our rendezvous with victory is very near, God willing.”
Most saw this as a boast of imminent Iraqi victory and a threat to the US Military. It seemed that Hussein, by promising that the Gulf War would be “one mother” of a battle, was promising a massive military victory. Naturally, when his army turned tail and ran and the U.S. lead coalition swiftly liberated Kuwait, Saddam’s bombast became a huge joke and source of ridicule lasting to this day.
It turns out, however, Saddam was correct, because the real implication of his statement was lost. He meant it would be the “mother of all battles” because it would give birth to all future conflicts. He wasn’t saying the Gulf War was going to be quick and decisive victory for Iraq, although he may have believed that. Rather, the Iraqi dictator was predicting it would start a chain of events unfolding over decades and perhaps generations.
Looking back after a quarter century, it seems Saddam was prophetic. It’s not difficult to connect the dots from that war, to the violence and turmoil across the world today. Simply put, Gulf War I, led to Al Qaeda which led to Gulf War II and now ISIS. All the little children of that famous battle have been creating havoc and misery few could have foreseen at the time.
Therefore as much as we may hate to admit it, we should probably acknowledge the unpleasant truth that Saddam Hussein was right. His invasion of Kuwait and the resulting Western troops on the ground in the region have given birth to the bloody wars and vicious terrorism that haunts us all to this day. The first Gulf War, 25 years ago was, in fact, the “mother of all battles.”
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