'Modern Warfare,' The Highway of Death, and Call of Duty's Exploitation of the Past

On February 26, 1991, just two days before the end of the First Gulf War, thousands of Iraqi soldiers fled Kuwait along Highway 80. A coalition of Western forces led by the United States dropped cluster bombs on the head and tail of the retreating column. Then it began to bomb the convoy. The soldiers who survived, many of them conscripts, walked home in a driving rain. Smoke from the Kuwait oil fields set fire by Saddam Hussein’s forces mingled with storm clouds and black rain fell on the soldiers as they shambled home defeated. President George H.W. Bush declared victory and an end to hostilities two days later.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbmwgn/modern-warfare-the-highway-of-death-and-call-of-dutys-exploitation-of-the-past