Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923

Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923

Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923

Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923

Excerpt

If war erupts, we will win," Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz told U.S. Secretary of State James Baker during their meeting in Geneva on the eve of the 1991 Gulf War. There was no fear in Baghdad of the looming confrontation, he said, and the Americans were deluding themselves into believing that Iraq would confront Arab forces on the battlefield. "Their leaders might tell you that they would fight on your side," said Aziz,

but when a war breaks out between an Arab and Muslim country
on the one hand, and foreign powers such as the United States,
Britain, and other foreign nations on the other, combatants will not
keep in mind that they will be fighting to vindicate UN resolutions
… The soldier in our region does not fight only when ordered to
do so. Indeed he fights out of convictions… Against the backdrop
of your ties with Israel, I would like to tell you in all sincerity that if
you initiate military action against an Arab country, you will be
faced with hostile sentiment in the region, and in many Muslim
states as well.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.