To Sell a War

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To Sell a War
Directed by Neil Docherty
Produced by Neil Docherty
Narrated by Linden MacIntyre
Edited by Les Onody
Release date
  • December 1992 (1992-12)

To Sell a War is a documentary film, first aired in December 1992 as part of CBC programme The Fifth Estate . The programme was directed and produced by Neil Docherty. [1]


It chronicles the Citizens for a Free Kuwait campaign efforts to spin public relations sentiment in the United States in favor of the Gulf War, focusing on the story of Nurse Nayirah, who was, in fact, Nayirah al-Sabah, the daughter of Kuwait's ambassador to the United States Saud Nasir Al-Sabah. Her infamous testimony about Iraqi soldiers removing babies from incubators, which was widely disseminated, was a result of coaching by PR firm Hill & Knowlton. [2] [3]


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  1. "To Sell A War - Gulf War Propaganda (1992)" via
  2. "How PR Sold the War in the Persian Gulf". PR Watch.
  3. "The Great Lie of the First Gulf War". OZY. August 17, 2020.