On this Memorial Day, Thank You America

(by Aboud Dandachi)

Today, on May 25th 2020, Americans mark their Memorial Day, honouring US military service men and women who died while serving.

I lived my formative years in Dhahran in Eastern Saudi Arabia, in the early 90s. I still remember the shock of hearing of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait while on vacation in Syria in August 1990. Were it not for the commitment of the United States under President George Bush, Saddam would still have been there, dominating the oil reserves of the Gulf. Every Arab, Pakistani, Indian and Filipino who lived and worked in the Gulf owe the US a huge debt of gratitude for taking on Saddam Hussein and his million man army.