The war in Iraq is over now. Looking back on a huge controversy makes one side seem clearly more “correct” than the other. Yet in the beginning there were two sides to the controversy about the war in Iraq. There was the terror brought upon by the 9/11 attacks, people that the government wished to punish or kill like Saddam Hussain and Osama Bin Laden, and a country which was in “need” of US help both politically and financially. At the time of the Terrorist attacks, people were afraid of what else the terrorists were planning or could do and so George Bush sent troops in to look for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
We were complicit in the birth of this regime through an unconstitutional act of foreign aggression. Then, in the late 1970’s President Carter invigorated that Hussein invades Iran, hoping to remove the Islam regime there. Hundreds of thousands of deaths occurred because of this invasion and we did absolutely nothing to protest these brutal violations of human rights because we were behind it. Hussein used chemical weapons in this invasion and nobody protested this either. (Babka) In 2002, George W. Bush sent a letter to Congress requesting the authorization he needed to use military force against Iraq.
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Was it worth increasing taxation to increase the number of deaths of civilians and soldiers; because that was the outcome of his decision? The Taliban wanted to hand over Osama to them but the United States did not cooperate with them. The United States violated the United Nations Security Council Charter and on top of that, ruined millions of lives of combatant and civilians. In order to be better than Russia in terms of power, wealth, and strength, the US created a tension between Russia and United States for Afghanistan. At first, the Afghans had to fight one nation.
These factors that justified war in Iraq was the refusal to corporate with UN inspectors, and the harsh punishments that the Iraqi government imposed on its citizens. The ignorance that Saddam ruled by was dictated throughout his country during the time he commanded the Iraqi government. In retrospect’s Saddams dictator ship imposed possible future problems with national security. Although this possibility of future crisis could have happened, I believe other diplomatic diplomacies could have diverted the war from ever happening. Saving millions of people’s lives before the bombing and invasion took place.
Just months prior, President George W. Bush said in his state of the union address, coined a term for three countries that were seen as potentially dangerous and threaten the peace of the world. He called them the Axis of Evil, and it consisted of Iraq, Iran and North Korea, with Iraq being the major topic of discussion. He said that Saddam Hussein was carrying weapons of mass destruction and further developing chemical and nuclear weapons. He claimed that they had already used on civilians, “leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children”. He painted a grues... ... middle of paper ... ...ed-interational-law-dutch-inquiry-finds>.
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Ever since the devastating results of the use of chemical weapons in World War One, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has set up a convention to prohibit chemical weapons. 100 out of the 106 countries on our planet have signed this convention. One of the six countries that has yet to sign this convention is Syria. Syria has been the recent target of chemical weapon controversy, after a sarin gas attack in Damascus on its own citizens on the morning of August 21st, 2013. “1,429 innocent citizens including 426 children” were killed in this attack (BBC News).