m996.11.158.1 | Son, Do You Actually Think That We Give A Damn About Kuwait?

Drawing, cartoon
Son, Do You Actually Think That We Give A Damn About Kuwait?
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
October 15, 1990, 20th century
Ink on paper
24.7 x 24.5 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
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Keys to History

To justify sending troops into Kuwait, the countries of an international military coalition claimed they were liberating a sovereign State. Despite the "official" explanation, this cartoon suggests that Kuwait's oil reserves were the main motivation for these countries' intervention.

  • What

    The invasion of Kuwait by its northern neighbour, Iraq, prompted the building of a U.S.-led international military coalition that intervened to force Iraq to withdraw.

  • Where

    Kuwait is a small Middle Eastern country on the Persian Gulf. It shares a border with Iraq, another country that lies between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

  • When

    Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990. The coalition's military intervention, in January and February 1991, led to the liberation of Kuwait.

  • Who

    The aircraft represents the coalition, and the pilot's comment ("Son, do you actually think that we give a damn about Kuwait?") the coalition's interests. The barrel of oil is a symbol of Kuwait.