This is significant because it shows how a shift would occur in the way various events were dealt with in the future. As many nations would forge alliances to: solve various conflicts and would engage in consensus building (to increase support for a cause). This is different from the various unilateral actions that would take place in the events leading to: World War I, World War II and the Cold War. As a result, this is a political benefit, with it changing the way world leaders would interact with one another. Where, the process of building a coalition and working with international institutions would continue to increase. In many ways, one could argue that the tactics used by the United States, would serve as blue print in how to conduct various foreign policy initiatives. (Lee, 2010)
At the same time, the war would allow many of the lingering conflicts to be rectified in the Middle East. A good example of this can be seen with Syria entering the UN coalition against Iraq. As a backroom deal, would give them increasing amounts of influence in Lebanon's internal affairs. This is important, because these actions would allow Syria to wipe the remaining elements of resistance in Lebanon, helping to bring an end to the long civil war. At which point, there would be increasing amounts of stability in the region by: ending the civil war and keeping Saddam Hussein in check. (Lee, 2010)
The economic benefits of the Gulf War, is that it would help to continue to supply the world with an ample amounts of oil at affordable prices. This is important, because maintaining low oil prices and large stockpiles requires, ensuring that the various external events are mitigated as quickly as possible. Where, they have the possibility of creating seismic shifts in the economy, by causing growth to come to halt almost overnight (in the event of severe disruptions). The fact that U.S. was able to ensure that the oil supply remained in heads of friendly regimes, helped to promote the dramatic economic growth that was seen during the 1990's. As oil prices would continue to remain low throughout the decade, helping to fuel above average growth. This is significant, because it shows how the Gulf War would play a role in the transformation the economy would go through: during the 1990's and into the early 2000's. As the increasing amounts of economic growth, would help to improve cooperation among developing nations, leading to globalization. In many ways, one could argue that the low prices of oil and large supplies would help to establish the modern day economic structure. Where, it would build a global foundation for a new phase of economic growth, allowing many developing countries to become a vital part of the world economy. (Weiss, 2005, pp. 39 -- 54)
Clearly, the Gulf War would represent a shift in modern politics and economics. As it would highlight, how various international institutions were increasingly utilized to deal with a host of different issues. This is important, because it would allow the U.S. To maintain a balance of power in the region and it would ensure that world's oil supply remained in the hands of friendly regimes. As a result, the war would leave me idealistic, with it appearing that world was embarking on new stage of unprecedented cooperation. This is because the various political socialization agents in media; would highlight the benefits of the current strategy and how it is setting a new stage for international relations. As a result, these different influences would help to shape my opinion about world events, by making it appear as if the problems of the past were disappearing. Yet, in reality they were changing, as a new world order would quickly develop that has even more problems to wrestle with than before. This is important, because it shows how the Gulf War would have an effect on my views, by instilling optimism that would change to cynicism and disappointment.
Lee, R. (2010). The Persian Gulf War. History Guy. Retrieved from: http://www.historyguy.com/GulfWar.html#gulfwarcauses
Weiss, T. (2005). Northern Iraq. Military -- Civilian Interactions. (pp. 39 -- 54). Lantham: Oxford.