In 1980 when Iraq invaded Iran, the West supported the invasion, even supplying Iraq with the chemical weapons which they used against Iran leaving thousands dead.
When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the West took a different approach,maintaining that aggression couldn’t be rewarded, etc, and the United Nations was impelled to pass a sequence of resolutions resulting in the use of force against Iraq. (During the Iraq-Iran War, the UN took a different approach by being mostly inactive or calling for ceasefires. Just look at the history of UN resolutions.)
The impetus after the 1990-1991 conflict was then to disarm Iraq of its chemical weapons.
My purpose in highlighting these double standards is to show that the official reasons given for world events is in many instances pure propaganda but with just enough semblance of logic to make things plausible for a largely spectating and distracted mass public.
Why then do we continue to believe officialdom? The answer is because of apathy, ignorance, and arrogance — much of which is largely self-imposed. So may I say a little self-consciously: People of the world, attempt to actively understand the world around you; you have nothing to lose but your ignorance and false perceptions.
This reader's opinion was first published in the print version of the Irish Examiner on 28 August 2019