Kuwait: If War Begins

A fight to liberate Kuwait would pit lasers against razor wire in a battle that would be short, phenomenally violent and, all too probably, bloody

"A short one that would be over in days."

-- Lieut. General Sir Peter de la Billiere, British commander in Saudi Arabia, describing a potential war with Iraq

"History tells us there can be no antiseptic war, and history is right."

-- Retired U.S. Army General John Merritt

The battle is the payoff, as the ancient saying goes, and only battle can settle the question of what a war between the U.S.-led alliance and Iraq would be like. Would it be a brief though explosive clash in which American air power would quickly prevail with relatively light casualties? A long, grinding...

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