Things were getting just a teensy bit out of hand.

Things were getting just a teensy bit out of hand.
Things were getting just a teensy bit out of hand.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – ABC Information Network News – August 5, 1990 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

News for this August 5th in 1990 was unsettling, taken with a grain of salt accompanied by shrugged shoulders.

While the situation in Kuwait was achieving uncertainty, U.S. Marines were wading ashore in Liberia in an effort to evacuate American Citizens, stuck in the middle of intense fighting between government and rebel forces waging civil war. The streets of Monrovia, the Liberian capital, were something of a free-for-all zone. And fears of mass American casualties was rife. So . . .”send in the Marines” – and they came ashore on this August 5th and were knee-deep in the evacuation process.

And reports from Kuwait on this August 5th told of supposed Iraqi withdrawal of its invasion force, but leaving behind a policing army equal in size to the invading one. Also was installed a puppet government, claimed by Iraq to be freely elected by the Kuwaiti people – yet, no one seemed to know who these people were. The purported calm being touted by the Iraqi government belied the fact that things were just as tense and getting more tense by the minute.

Back home – Tense came in the form of a Hurricane watch, as Hurricane Diana grew in strength and was heading towards the Yucatan Peninsula. After that was anybody’s guess.

And that’s just a sample of what was going on this August 5th in 1990, twenty-four years ago, as reported by the ABC Radio Information Network News.

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