Movies-icon-48The Faked Testimony of Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ

 

The Nayirah testimony was the controversial testimony given before the non-governmental Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October 10, 1990 by a female who provided only her first name, Nayirah. The testimony was widely publicised, and was cited numerous times by United States senators and the American president in their rationale to back Kuwait in the Gulf War. In 1992, it was revealed that Nayirah's last name was al-Ṣabaḥ (Arabic: نيره الصباح‎) and that she was the daughter of Saud bin Nasir Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. Furthermore, it was revealed that her testimony was organised as part of the Citizens for a Free Kuwait public relations campaign which was run by Hill & Knowlton for the Kuwaiti government. Following this, al-Sabah's testimony has come to be regarded as a classic example of modern wartime propaganda.*

(See Tom Regan, "When contemplating war, beware of babies in incubators", The Christian Science Monitor, 2002)

 

 

* Text taken from the Wikipedia entry (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nurse_Nayirah) (CC BY-SA 3.0)

 

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