m9184.108.40.206 | Son, Do You Actually Think That We Give A Damn About Kuwait?
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)
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.
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.
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.
Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990. The coalition's military intervention, in January and February 1991, led to the liberation of Kuwait.
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.