The War in Iraq
Residual Issues and Consequences
In pursuing an assertion that the Iraq war was an unjust and manipulated agenda set in motion by President Bush's government, it is helpful to examine other factors which would come into play under other circumstances. In other words, if the purpose of the war was indeed to liberate a people from the grip of a despotic leader, the question must arise: under what authority may the U.S. undertake such an unrequested salvation? In modern times, and equipped as world leaders are with extensive histories of the damages caused by such military interventions, does any power have the right to determine how the people of another territory may live?
The immediate argument to such a question is that, absolute moralities and cultural values notwithstanding, there arise from time to time tyrants so powerful that their own people are helpless to remove them. The claim is both attractive and ostensibly strong. However, it ignores the crucial fact that such decisions are ethically and morally based, and that the morality in such cases is necessarily a relative one. The relative, or subjective, quality is simply lost in the size of the circumstances, when it is whole nations thus acting. For example, in 1588, Philip II of Spain unleashed his Armada to conquer England, with the full support of the major European powers behind him. The effort, on a scale at the time unprecedented in warfare, was made to achieve a single end: the deposition of Protestant Queen Elizabeth I, which would reestablish Catholicism as England's national faith. All other motives and considerations aside – and there were many – this act of war was instigated to save the souls of millions of lost subjects. In the eyes of Spain, the pope, and all of Catholic Europe, the assault was perfectly righteous and an ethical imperative (MacCaffrey, 1993). Spain, of course, was defeated, but that is irrelevant; what is pertinent is that, as has occurred before and since, great powers have taken upon themselves the authority to dictate how others may live, and that these historical instances are usually viewed by modern eyes as examples of abuse and unjustified aggression.
As unlikely as it may appear, there are parallels between Philip's doomed enterprise and the U.S. war in Iraq. For one thing, there is a significant and influential religious component within both Iraqi life and, consequently, affecting how the Iraqis perceived their “liberators”. Quite plainly, most Americans are largely ignorant of how Islamic life is lived, and how the faith translates to daily affairs and behaviors. In the U.S., religion is something of an accoutrement to living; with Islam, it is a viable and omnipresent foundation, as well as a vast influence on culture and laws. By way of example, both within the U.S. military and at home, there was a prevailing expectation that successful U.S. intervention in deposing Hussein would be shortly followed by an energetic and cooperative effort from Iraqi leaders to restructure the society. In American eyes, the “enemy” was gone and the people would be inevitably eager to embrace, and institute, change. This point of view was disappointed and confounded, however, because Iraqis do not respond, culturally speaking, as Westerners do. “The American political and military leadership demonstrated little understanding of the cultural tenets of Iraq, believing that the Iraqi people would welcome U.S. soldiers as liberators” (Lewis, 2007, p. 10).
Should U.S Go To War With Iraq?
Should U.S go to war or not?
(This is totally an opinion based essay)
U.S shouldn't go to war with Iraq
U.S right now is faced with a situation where the opinion of people in U.S is so controversial; should U.S go to war with Iraq or not? President Bush say's that U.S should go to war with Iraq because he thinks that Saddam is producing Nuclear weapons but when the weapon inspectors went, they didn't find any Nuclear weapons. I personally think that U.S should not go to war. There are many reasons why U.S should not go to war with Iraq.
I think that going to war with Iraq is a war of choice not a war of necessity .War should be a last resort of self-defense, a step to be taken when there are no other alternatives.
Why should we go to war with Iraq when there has been no justification? There has been no attack on the US, no Iraqi threat of war, no Iraqi connection to September 11. And yet
President Bush is trying to connect Iraq to September 11 when there is no connection. The person who is responsible for September 11 is Al Qaeda not Saddam. Al Qaeda is bigger threat than Saddam. Saddam didn't do anything to U.S but Al Qaeda did. So, right our main goal should be to bring Al Qaeda down. Attacking Iraq will not help in our war with Al Qaeda. War with Iraq is not necessary now, yet war will divert our resources from stopping Al Qaeda. So, if Al Qaeda has no connection with Iraq I don't get why President Bush is going with this war. I think that President Bush has got every thing mixed-up.
When it comes to U.S invading Iraq, U.S has few allies. Many countries in the Middle East opposed war with Iraq and our allies in Europe think an invasion on Iraq is foolhardy. An invasion on Iraq would isolate the US from the rest of the world and shatter the principles of international cooperation and mutual defense that are key to US and global security. The article on CNN said that the international community supports sending weapons inspectors
to Iraq to disarm Saddam Hussein's regime, but it does not support the White House's goal of "regime change."
Iraq as of right now does not pose a clear and present danger. President Bush say's we should invade Iraq to prevent Saddam Hussein from using weapons of mass destruction. But during the 1990s United Nation's weapons inspectors dismantled (disconnected) all of Iraq's major chemical, biological and nuclear weapons facilities and destroyed nearly all of Iraq's weapons and long-range missiles. Iraq's military as it is to right now is at one-third of its pre-Gulf War strength. According to Ex-Marine and former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, Iraq presents "absolutely nothing" of a military threat. And given Hussein's natural desire for self-preservation, it is highly...
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