However, he did not have the authorization he needed from the United Nations, therefore, the invasion of Iraq was illegal. It is true that Saddam Hussein was killing his own people, but the United States should not have invaded without solid proof. George W. Bush claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction but none were ever found. (The Invasion of Iraq is Illegal) In 1963, the CIA of the United States placed Hussein's Ba’ath Party in power. We were complicit in the birth of this regime through an unconstitutional act of foreign aggression.
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The Iraq War began in 2003 and lasted until 2011, and stands to be among the most controversial conflicts of modern times. It was a war that proceeded without the approval of the United Nations (UN) and was said to be a failure on all counts, for despite managing to end Saddam Hussein’s regime did not lead to an improvement in the situation in Iraq, and instead led Iraq to becoming a failed state and being on the brink of a civil war. According to then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Iraq War was “not in conformity with the United Nations charter (and) from (their) point of view, from the charter point of view, it was illegal” (BBC News, 2004). This essay will first aim to identify the arguments given to justify the Iraq war, followed by an analysis on how the war was depicted by the United States (US) media and why it was done in such a way. Following that, this essay will attempt to identify alternative reasons as to why the war was started and why the alternative reasons remained as such.
Colin Powell, Secretary of State (2001-2005), citied many anonymous Iraqi defectors. Powell asserted that, “There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more” (14). The Bush administration immediately declared war on Iraq. However, it was later reported by Britain’s Channel 4 News that the intelligence dossier that Powell presented to the country was a plagiarized essay (fine paper) by an American graduate student, Ibrahim al-Marshi. For example, a 2004 report by the Iraq Survey Group concluded that the evidence that Powell offered to support the allegation that the Iraqi government possessed weapons of mass destruction was a blatant lie (Alexandrovan1).
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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).
For weeks they refused to believe that the only way to make Iraq disarm is through the threat of force and the fear of being wiped out. Iraq for the past several years has violated numerous U.N. resolutions that call for destruction of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and allowance of weapons inspectors to monitor the disposal of such weapons. Ever since the end of the Gulf War, Iraq has disregarded these policies by removing weapons inspectors, which in turn has allowed Iraq to further research weapons of mass destruction. In 1998 the U.S. launched Operation Desert Fox with the objective of allowing weapons inspectors back into the country. After the operation succeeded and inspectors were allowed back in, all seemed well and little attention was paid to Iraq.