Thursday, April 27, 2006

The airspace was closed and the Americans started bombing Iraq on the night of January 17, 1991. The handful of women and children were still being evacuated out of Riyadh that were waiting at the airport were piled into buses and driven around the city until the morning so that they would not be able to tell anyone the airspace had been closed.

We had known for three days that the Americans were serious; the Ballast guys in Dhahran had been reporting that the Americans had been arming the fighter planes.
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1 comment:

Andrew said...

The Scuds were the true start of the WMD debacle. Some were armed with chemicals but you were never told that. That's why they went 'missing'. Saddam could never admit to what he had done for fear of censure under the 1925 Geneva Protocol. The Americans held this (because of Gulf War Syndrome) over his head. He was punished via the sanctions for many years. It was all a big game, even though everyone had lost sight of the ball. National Security Directive 54 paragraph 10 anyone?