THE RAPE OF KUWAIT

A word from the author
about the book,
The Rape of Kuwait


For nearly twelve years I made my home in the Middle East. During this time I had made many friends in the area, and the recurring violence there had never failed to pain me, for I knew firsthand the fate of the innocent people caught up in the explosive passions that plague the region. In June and July 1990, I watched with mounting dread as Iraq and Kuwait exchanged verbal insults. I was fearful that the insults might evolve into full-scale war, for there were simply too many unresolved ambitions, and too many instruments of death available in the area. I knew that too many Middle Eastern countries were seething with tanks, missiles and other military hardware.

On the night of August 1, 1990, I settled in to watch one of my favorite television shows, “Nightline,” and I was horrified to hear Ted Koppel announce the breaking story that Iraqi troops had invaded Kuwait and were racing toward Kuwait City.

In the days that followed, I was so gripped by the unfolding drama that I found I was unable to concentrate on a half-completed manuscript on the Middle East. I felt sorrow for the citizens of Kuwait as I watched the ensuing news stories of the invasion. Always an adventurer, and still in possession of a resident’s visa for Saudi Arabia, I decided to travel to the area and to personally witness the unfolding events. Within a few days I was on my way to meet with Kuwaiti refugees. I traveled to London, Cairo, Riyadh and Taif. In each city I met and interviewed various Kuwaitis, from housewives, to journalists, to members of the royal family, all who had escaped their country.

The book, The Rape of Kuwait, is their story.

Find out about Kuwaitis who are still missing since the Gulf War. These innocent Kuwaitis were arrested and taken into Iraq. Their families are still mourning for them. Please spread awareness by telling others about this site.

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