The impact of the Kuwaiti invasion makes it memorable to the citizens.
Rather than keeping building’s and transferring them to a monument, the Kuwaiti government started demolishing building or structures damaged by the Iraqi invasion, thus, initiating a mass memory loss. The government presented the memory in a deferent way. This approach seemed particularly well suited as Kuwait’s goal was to erase the past and to reconstructs its aging. In this project, I will explore the aspects in which Kuwait as a state tried to obliterate the Iraqi invasion (Barry, n.p).
In particular, I will focus on how they removed certain memories and kept others. Moreover, the relationships and identities between the past generation and the current praise the ones that faced the invasion and the younger generation, and how they preserve the attack through monuments and memories, which aid in creating a memory crisis (Barry, n.p).
I will conduct interviews and use books regarding the issue. Furthermore, to check the government attributes to the mass forgetting, I will use current state school’s history related courses presented. Later on, more sources may be included to complete my paper. Besides, I might look at the changes in the Architecture field before and after the invasion (Gauss, n.p).
I will focus on the memory crisis that will or is already happeng and creating a gap between the older and younger generation. Additionally, the state participates by shedding light on some events while neglecting other occurrences (McEvilley, n. p).
I use the discussion below to focus on the issue that emerges from the Kuwait invasion.
The ways in which Kuwaiti Government affected the memory of 1990 Invasion
The reestablishment of the Kuwaiti after it gained sovereignty in 1991, the government restoration occurred in essential services afterward. Evidently, in the country, the population that had to flee the country begun returning. The citizens come back was assured as the government opens the doors to all citizens who are willing to be back to the country. Moreover, the Kuwait government was not willing to admit noncitizens to enter the country due to security risks and more caution. Consequently, there are few non-nationals allowed back to the country (Madiam, n. p).
The effects of those changes as a result of the Kuwaiti Government actions on the generation.
The Kuwait government led to a variation in the position of the non-nationals to look very different from the citizens. Perhaps the different population registers two-thirds that flew during the period of invasion and occupation of the country. Notably, a bigger Palestinian people was allowed back to the country since they owe the state support of Iraq by many prominent Palestinians who are outside Kuwait. The prominent Palestinians outside Kuwait are the ones that the government target and as a result, a private animosity develop in months after the liberation period (Freedman, n. p).
How big is the gap between those generations and the extent it affects the national identity?
In Kuwait, the post-occupation population differs more sharply from the population before the invasion. The population is psychologically divided among the people who experienced a direct occupation horror of the Iraq occupation and luckily survived and the ones who felt the war indirectly as they are abroad in exile but just share the experience as the country citizens. The national identity after that is mixed citizenship since, there are Kuwait citizens, Palestinians, and Iraq citizens (Ramananda, n. p).
The diverse population in one country that is the Palestinians, Kuwaiti population, and immigrants from Iraq bring about a more tension society or country since the population eventually may come up with ethnic conflicts. The Kuwaiti population is at risk since its community is small making instances of assimilation higher than normal (Johns, n. p).
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