De oorlog om Koeweit ... : Een politiek strijdpunt in Vlaanderen ?

  • Luc Vandeweyer


During the eighties the 'peace movement' became an important actor in Belgian politics. It was able to promote aspects of international relations and defense policy as 'political issues'. The influence on public opinion and political parties was considerably higher in Flanders than in the french speaking part of the country.
After the annexiation of Kuwait by Iraq in August 1990, the Belgian government reacted more or less as these organisations desired: prudent, promoting UNO-initiatives and diplomatic solutions to the crisis. Therefore, these peace organisations
were attacked or infiltrated by extreme left wing parties, who wanted to support Saddam Hussein who was seen as a symbol of the third world.  As a result of these left wing tactics, the peace movement could not act as it did during the eighties : as a broad force with a coherent programme, with organisations belonging to several ideological pillars and with influence on parties which traditionally belong to the government.

How to Cite:

Vandeweyer, L., (1992) “De oorlog om Koeweit ... : Een politiek strijdpunt in Vlaanderen ?”, Res Publica 34(1), 99-121. doi:

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Published on
30 Mar 1992
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