| For me, the first Gulf War in 1990 had a surreal quality to it. From
my living room in California, I honestly felt like I was watching a
My brother- in-law, a proud Desert Storm veteran, assures me that
it was very real. He is proud of the time he spent in service to his
country. He also suffers from Gulf War Syndrome.
But for us civilians, the conflict unfolded on the evening news like a
PR campaign. Understandable, considering most Americans
(including myself) couldn't find Kuwait on a map. We couldn't quite
fathom why we should be sending our sons and daughters to save a
monarchy's gold toilet seats from Saddam Hussein, who until recently
happened to be a long-term ally against the scary and evil Iran.
President George Bush and his team had quite a job ahead of them
to convince Americans this was a just and necessary war.
Personally, I felt like the American public was being sold a diamond
mine in Cleveland. Apparently, there was some validity to that
assessment: See Wikipedia's Justifying the War.
I began to wonder why exactly the President and his NSC believed
so strongly in the need to liberate Kuwait. Was the move actually
about securing Gulf oil, as some were saying? Or was there more to
The war also felt like a trial run of sorts, toes in the water before a
person commits to a steaming hot tub.
Intuitively, I knew there would be another war in the Persian Gulf. A
bigger, badder one. I started wondering what event could possibly
bring Americans to commit to a long and costly war, given the
questions and murmurs of dissent about this current conflict. More
importantly, I asked myself, Qui Bono? Who Benefits?
I watched issues of justification and ulterior motives swirl around
President Bush and his NSC, particularly when they stopped short of
capturing Saddam Hussein. I concluded that only an Islamic terrorist
attack on United States soil could get Americans pissed off enough to
be willing to declare war in the Persian Gulf again. I chose the World
Trade Center as my target, but edited it out after the 1994 bombing.
That's essentially how I found the story for my female Vice
President character to star in- and years of research, interviews, and
writing later, The Thief Of Sacred was complete.