I.B.Tauris, 2006 M03 7 - 426 pages
As Iraqi troops swarmed Kuwait in 1990, British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Alan Munro played a vital role in putting, and holding, together a formidable coalition to evict them. He reveals here all the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that made this possible. With Western armies once more deployed in the Gulf, this new updated paperback edition of Munro's book provides a timely reminder of the pressures, pitfalls and potential of international diplomacy in the region.
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Page v - Our military operations have as their object the defeat of the enemy, and the driving of him from these territories. In order to complete this task, I am charged with absolute and supreme control of all regions in which British troops operate ; but our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators.
Page v - Baghdad, whose commercial prosperity and whose -safety from oppression and invasion must ever be a matter of the closest concern to the British Government, are not to understand that it is the wish of the British Government to impose upon you alien institutions. It is the hope of the British Government that the aspirations of your philosophers and writers shall be realised and that once again the people of Baghdad...