A Burst of Firsts

American troops faced chemical weapons once before -- in World War I. They fought in the desert in North Africa during World War II. They took part in an international military coalition in the Korean War. Their battles dominated TV screens during the Vietnam War. But the gulf war marks the first time that . . .

-- U.S. troops have been deployed to defend Israel. American crews are manning Patriot antimissile batteries.

-- A massive oil spill was used as a military weapon.

-- The U.N. has voted to enforce sanctions with military action.

-- The Bob Hope Christmas Show...

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