Saddam Hussein may have taken over Kuwait because he had been backed into a corner with nowhere else to go.
Howard Nielson, former congressman from Utah's 3rd Congressional District, spent some time in Iraq and Saudi Arabia just before Saddam annexed Kuwait in August 1990 and told some BYU students about his experiences Wednesday.The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was trying to find a way to bring Iraq back into the system after its eight-year war with Iran, Nielson said.
"But Iraq felt that if they entered the market as it was, oil prices would go down," he said. During the war, Kuwait's production had increased dramatically and if Iraq returned, there would be a glut of oil on the market.
"Iraq retaliated by taking over Kuwait because the other OPEC nations wouldn't work with him (Saddam)," Nielson said. Iraq felt its only solution was to go to war.