Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. The Time Life series evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. The Middle East, with the tension between Israel and its neighbors, American interest in oil production in region, and terrorist activities there, have become a major focal point for the United States. This episode examines the American stand against Iraq and Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War, and its aftermath of terrorism. Archival film clips, photographs, news accounts, and interviews tell the story, while historians discuss past events and the future of the region and the world.
warfare, war, armed-forces, weapons, Iraq, Middle-East, oil, Persian-Gulf, political-tension, terrorism