Since certain occasions give us a chance to evaluate and learn lessons, the death of American President George H. W. Bush is worth being remembered. History is made by men, and Bush is one of its important makers although his presidency did not exceed four years (1989 – 1993). During his term, there were important developments as the Soviet Union collapsed and the US announced its victory in the Cold War that lasted for around half a century. This was followed by other major developments in the world, including in our region, which continue to this day.
Then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein wrongly read history but Bush read it right. There is no doubt that the Saudi-American alliance played an important role in ending the dreams of Saddam who was obsessed with power and who suffered from megalomania.
This operation stopped history’s wrong move. Most of the Kuwaiti people were outside their country, and the government was legitimate only on paper. Saddam was the ruler of Kuwait in reality. Perhaps if there was another president in Washington, Kuwait would have remained an Iraqi governorate like Saddam wanted it and Saddam would have been a sword directed at Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
When we recall history today, we do so not to elevate Bush’s stance or boast about the Saudi role or to even harm the Iraqis’ history during Saddam’s era. We recall it to take lessons from it and to understand the world as it is away from romanticism and the lies of conspiracy theoriesAbdulrahman al-Rashed