The story of Nariyah Al-Sabah demonstrates that a lie repeated many times ends up being accepted as truth.
In 1990, a 15-year-old Nariyah Al-Sabah testified to the US congress that Kuwaiti babies in a Kuwaiti hospital were taken out of their incubators by Iraqi soldiers and were left on the cold floor to die. This news quickly spread in the American media and contributed to the public support for the first Persian Gulf War.
This ’emotional’ testimony was, in fact, used by the US government (Sr George Bush administration) in their rationale to support Kuwait in the Gulf war against Iraq.
At the time of its spread, the story was widely believed and there was no denial to the end of the war.
In her testimony, Nayirah said she was a refugee volunteering in the maternity ward of Al Adan hospital in Kuwait City, and that during the occupation by Iraq, she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers dumping Kuwaiti infants out of their incubators onto the cold floor to die, and then leaving with the machines.
After resulting Gulf war and three months of her testimony, in early 1992, it was revealed that Nayirah’s testimony was not only false, but was in fact a part of a “Citizens for free Kuwait” Public Relations (PR) campaign orchestrated by Hill & Knowlton, the biggest PR firm in the United States.
It was learnt that “Nayirah” was the daughter of Saud Nasir al-Sabah, the Kuwait’s ambassador to the U.S. In an investigation done by Kuwaiti agencies, it was found that Nayirah’s was a false testimony and there was no proof of Iraqi soldiers killing babies.
Historians agree that this piece of atrocity propaganda was a classic example to conceal the sponsorship of the Kuwaiti government in cahoots with the Bush administration senior.