¶ … Persian Gulf War of 1991 aimed to stop the invasion and occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. Ordered by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the military action aimed to take control of the small country's immense oil reserves. By the time U.S. President George Bush declared a cease-fire on February 28, 1991, Iraqi forces had already fallen. As part of the Gulf War treaties, the trade embargo on Iraq, sanctioned by the United Nations when Iraq first invaded Kuwait, was not lifted and a UN special commission was assigned to oversee the destruction of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including medium-range missiles and chemical and biological weapons as well as the facilities in which they were developed. Nevertheless, UN military forces were withdrawn from Iraq and Hussein was not pushed out of power. While the current war on Iraq has been called the "War for Iraqi Freedom," the events leading up to it suggest that the war is not a result of concern over the freedom and rights of the Iraqi people, but a result of Iraq's continued noncompliance with UN resolutions and international fear of the possibility of WMD in the hands of Hussein...
In the end, the UN, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and others came to believe that Iraq has rebuilt some of its facilities for developing WMD. In November of 2002, the UN Security Council unanimously voted through Resolution 1441 to give Iraq one final opportunity to comply with disarmament obligations. Iraq was given seven days to notify the council of its intent to comply and thirty days to present the council with a complete list of its current efforts to develop WMD. Additionally, pending agreement to these conditions, the UN would resume unfettered inspections forty-five days later. While Iraq did present the UN with a report, it continued to hinder efforts and gave little sign of compliance with the entirety of the resolution. On February 5, 2003, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the UN that Iraq had not been working towards disarmament and was, in fact, developing and holding WMD. Moreover, Powell sought…
Post War Iraq: A Paradox in the Making: Legitimacy vs. legality The regulations pertaining to the application of force in International Law has transformed greatly from the culmination of the Second World War, and again in the new circumstances confronting the world in the aftermath of the end of the Cold War. Novel establishments have been formed, old ones have withered away and an equally enormous quantity of intellectual writing has
(Reese, Killgore & Ritter 22) Another well documented myth is that Iraq and some active terrorist organization, of which Iraq is not one, have benefited from the dissolution of the Soviet Union, through the proliferation of Soviet weapons scientists and their knowledge. A another fear of WMD proliferation was through Soviet "brain drain." Yet there has been no open-source evidence indicating that WMD materials or knowledge has reached terrorist hands from
6). At home, though, the media can often be co-opted by being made to feel that public opinion would be against it if it reported something other than the prevailing public sentiment. After't he 9-11 attacks, the public wanted the perpetrators and their leaders punished, so the war in Afghanistan had the support of the public. By extension, the idea of the war on terror also had support, though
Iraq War As the end of the year slowly approaches, there is an expected transition of power by the United States and its allies to allow the Iraqi people to govern themselves. The media has tried to convince us that we as a nation have liberated the country of Iraq from one of the most brutal dictators in the world's documented history. Saddam equated to a modern day Adolf Hitler. Saddam
" In addition, the war in Iraq has been another opportunity to see the effects of the weapons of mass destruction, which have caused the death of approximately 300 Americans and of a countless number of Iraqi people, in the American Government's point-of-view. Even though it has been sustained for many times that "the War of Terror" is useless and meaningless, many scholars, such as David Tufte, sustain that "The short-run
Although the cost of these successes can be tabulated in billions of dollars, money was also recovered from these arrests, and there is no way to measure the human lives that were not lost or affected due to the apprehension of dangerous drug lords. Still, the EU Commission has raised the familiar argument that economics can generally used to support the side against continuing the drug war. In addition to