In fact, the most emotionally moving testimony on October 10
came from a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, known only by her first name
of Nayirah. According to the Caucus, Nayirah's full name was being
kept confidential to prevent Iraqi reprisals against her family
in occupied Kuwait. Sobbing, she described what she had seen
with her own eyes in a hospital in Kuwait City.
Her written testimony was passed out in a media kit
prepared by Citizens for a Free Kuwait.
Three months passed between Nayirah's testimony and the start of the war.
During those months, the story of babies torn from their incubators was
repeated over and over again. President Bush told the story.
It was recited as fact in Congressional testimony,
on TV and radio talk shows, and at the UN Security Council.
"Of all the accusations made against the dictator,"
MacArthur observed, "none had more impact on American public opinion
than the one about Iraqi soldiers removing 312 babies
from their incubators and leaving them to die on the
cold hospital floors of Kuwait City."