War in Iraq Term Paper

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War in Iraq focuses on the prospects of war in Iraq. This paper highlights the pros and cons of a war. The paper argues about the unethical waging of war by the United States on Iraq while highlighting some quotes to support its claim.

War In Iraq

The United States of America and the rest of the world turned over a new leaf after the September 11 incident. Many viewpoints were put forward when President Bush decided to wage a war against Iraq. Some thought that the war was a result of America's greed for oil or to set up the corrupt status quo, as it did in Vietnam and elsewhere in the Arab world during the cold war. The reason that the United States gave for the war was to install democracy in the heart of the Muslim world. No matter what the purpose of the war may be, the truth is that the war is not right since it is a battle against the humanity at large. In a war nations guide missiles to misguide mankind.

The awful incident of September 11th shocked the world. After the incident all the people of the world felt an urge to put a halt on terrorism. As a result, President Bush with the support of his people waged a war against Afghanistan in order to wipe out the Afghan's Taliban government and overthrow Osama bin Laden. A lot of President Bush advisors were of the opinion that Saddam Hussain too, was behind the terrorism. In other words, they were searching for an excuse to restart the gulf war and to apprehend the man who had haunted them for a decade. Despite all efforts, no connection existed between the September 11th incident and Saddam Hussain. According to Martin Kelly,

Despite this non-connection, President George W. And his Cabinet constantly tried to paint Hussein as Osama bin Laden's backer. The propaganda worked: a poll conducted in March of 2003 found that more than 40% of Americans think Saddam Hussein organized the September 11th attacks. In early 2003 United Nations Inspectors once again started entering Iraq. They have still found no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction (Kelly).

Hence, according to evidence there never really existed any reason to wage a war against Iraq.

If mass destruction weapons were the prime reason to wage a war against Iraq, than why was North Korea not considered as a terrorist? Why did the United Sates not wage a war against them? North Korea according to sources is currently running a nuclear weapon's program. Yang Jiemian, vice president of Shanghai Institute of International Studies, stated,

China views the North Korean crisis as quite different from that concerning Iraq. In a word, the crisis on the Korean peninsula is more threatening and urgent. This is because North Korea is more dangerous: it already has or very nearly has nuclear weapons. In addition, North Korea stands cheek by jowl with the great powers of China, Japan, the United States. Thus, what happens in North Korea will quickly reverberate not only in the region, but around the world (Gunde).

Sources have stated that countries such as Israel, India, Russia, Ukraine, China, France, Britain and South Africa are working on their nuclear program. Yet the United Nations and the U.S. President never accused them of being terrorists. This only shows the bias nature of the United States.

War in Iraq has resulted in the killing of many innocent people. It increases risk of traumatic and complicated self-reaction. A war is just when one country is being threatened by another country and is ready to wage a war in self-defense. The United States was never really threatened by Iraq thus there never existed any reason for a war.

The government of President Bush seems resolute on shifting the United States and its global community towards an augmenting virulent process of war and revenge via the quest of a strident new imperial and unilateralist foreign policy that enfeebles the international institution upon which the global peace system lies. America instead of creating greater security for its citizens worked on adding kerosene to the fire. The war on Iraq resulted in a lot of hatred for the west by many people.

The recent U.S. led war against Iraq represents a radical departure in U.S. foreign policy that strikingly demonstrates the role the Bush administration intends for the United States to play in what has been termed a Pax Americana. In this modern version of the Pax Romana, the United States is poised to follow the course of ancient

Rome and, like the Roman Empire, fail to maintain imperial strength due in part to what Paul Kennedy has termed, strategic over-extension. Evidence of the decline is increasingly evident. In fact, instances of failed U.S. foreign policy ventures are routinely chronicled by the Central Intelligence Agency. The Agency has coined the term blowback to describe international reactions to U.S. foreign policies based on global, military domination (McElwee).

Sources state that the war in Iraq has actually been planned for fourteen years.

There is a famous quote that war begets war. War is inevitable and destroys life. It augments hatred in the heart of people. Statistics show that more than 1700 Americans have been wounded in Iraq since the March Invasion (Washington). Men and women are being asked to risk their lives on a war for which there exists no need. "The country should be asking whether these men and women are putting their lives on the line for a justifiable purpose. The Bush strategy, he says, is to divert focus from the dead and the wounded until - or if - his administration's policy can be judged a winner, then laud the men and women who gave their lives for freedom" (McElwee). The war in Iraq unlike its effects on Iraqis has not really had any dramatic implications on the lives of the Americans in the United States. On the other hand the economy of both the countries have suffered dramatically in the process. Yasemin Congar in an interview said, that war in Iraq would surely affect their economy. There will be a loss of income from the oil pipeline in Iraq. Another effects of war would cause a lot of people to seek refuge in Iran. "Iran already has about 500,000 Iraqi refugees, and there is concern that U.S. bombing would create large refugee flows into Iran as well" (Scott).

If America claims that it had invaded Iraq only to help the Iraqis form a democratic system of government then this was very wrong of them. America should have no right to intervene into another country's politics. The war will not mark the end but the beginning for the American's problem. Iraqis would soon start hating the American regime.

No expert on Iraq...believes that the creation of a democracy in Iraq will be a swift or simple matter; some believe it is not possible as a consequence of an American military occupation....So we will not have democracy in Iraq. We will have a long

American military occupation that will eventually provoke resistance....Via a lengthy and bloody occupation of Iraq, via the establishment of U.S. bases there, via the direct control of Iraqi oil, we will be creating legions of new enemies throughout the Middle

East (Ajami).

Hence, the people who think that the war on Iraq is just are indeed being illogical. They are unaware of the harmful effects of the war. Lots of people recognize the dangers of war and are conducting campaigns against it under the slogans Operation Dire Distress (Armendariz). People in favor of the war are not aware of its future implications. The media too can be blamed for this, as it does not represent to its audience…

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