Middle East Wars

Desert Storm was the name of one of the operations of the Gulf War, 1990-1991.  Early in the war, the press called it Operation Iraqi Liberation, O.I.L., an apparent declaration to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein.  As far as documentaries on that war go, The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm is by far the best I’ve seen.

 

And who can forget about this gem by the monstrous, Madeleine Albright?

 

Then I read this

1138. (*) Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr., the father of ‘Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf, was an intelligence operative in Iran in the 1940s and 50s, and helped set up the dreaded Savak.

Books from the following article.

The Medusa File: Secret Crimes and Cover-Ups of the U.S. Government, Craig Roberts, 2014.

So many fascinating details from the above article.  Then I read this

1147. (**) On July 3, 1976, Israeli commandos raided the Ugandan airport at Entebbe after one of their airliners had been hijacked by the PLO. McKenzie was instrumental in helping the Israelis, who had used Kenya as a staging area. In his book, Manhunt, Peter Maas describes what McKenzie got for his efforts: “Although he had been counseled not to, McKenzie went to Uganda as part of a Kenya trade mission to patch up relations with Idi Amin. The warnings seemed unnecessary. Amin himself was on hand to bid McKenzie good-bye, presenting him with the traditional Ugandan friendship gift, an African Antelope’s head. Soon after McKenzie’s plane took off, it blew up. Inside the Antelope head was a bomb, placed there by Frank Terpil.”

If Frank Terpil’s life interests you at all, this documentary might shed a little more fluorescent on his character.

Spooks: The Haunting of America: The Private Use of Secret Agents, Jim Hougan, 1978.

The Iraq War,  2003-2011. 

And who can forget this monstrous queen?

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