NO. 44


The Political Scene

In the end, what the Iraqis were after in the dispute with Kuwait was neither money nor territory but hegemony over the Arab oil producers in the Gulf. The Iraqi seizure of all of Kuwait in a blitzkrieg unleashed on 1 August and their installation of a unnamed pro-Iraqi government was a bolt from the blue which transformed the regional picture and stunned the other Arab states into silence. Internationally, however, the invasion was loudly and...