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.
There are no just wars because of the reasons for some of the wars and how the military men and women are treated. War cannot be justified. The war on terror involving Osama Bin Laden cannot be justified. President Bush sent the military into Afghanistan after Osama Bin Laden because the government thought Bin Laden was involved in the 9-11 attacks. Three thousand people died in 9/11.
War against Iraq By Olivier Gaudreau When the US initiated the 2003 invasion of Iraq, it gave the justification that the Iraqi dictator, Saddam aided the perpetrators of the September 11 attack on United States soil. The Bush administration also accused Saddam of engineering a nuclear program and amassing destructive weapons. All the US justification and the entire war have been highly criticized on many fronts. The media has taken the lead on shaping public opinion on both sides of the war, that is, the US or rather North America and the Middle East. It is a fact that citizens get to understand an issue such as the Iraq war through the perspective of the media (Al-Rawi, 2013).
The United States did not have a legitimate reason for invading, and their ability to repudiate international law would be unacceptable for any other country. Their decision to invade Iraq was one based on money and politics, and the US should be subject to penalties just as any other nation would have to face after unnecessarily waging war on a nation. March 19th, 2003 marked the official start to the US invasion of Iraq. Prior to this, there had been a lot of tension and conflict building up in the Middle East. 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.
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Do you think getting rid of Hussein can stop terrorists’ attack on America? Have you thought about the huge capital cost of the war, the casualties of US soldiers and innocent civilians of Iraq? Have you thought about the destructive damage to Iraq civilian infrastructure, facilities that millions of Iraq people rely on to survive? We should think hard by ourselves, according to our conscience and all information we can get, not according to what Bush says, to decide whether we should use military force on Iraq. In my opinion, we should not use military force to go after Iraq, at least not at this time.
Bamford organizes his book, “A Pretext for War”, in three different parts: Destruction, Detection, and Deception. In the first part “Destruction”, he talks about the events leading up to the attack on the World Trade Center. I did not like the way Bamford organized his book, was backwards to me. I think he should have made the organization different by talking about the problems in the American intelligence agencies, then the events in Iraq, and then all leading into the attack on 9/11. Other than that, I think this book was great.
One of Hussein's weaknesses is negotiating. Negotiating in his terms is to fight it out with as much carnage as possible until his side comes out "victoriously". Repeatedly, Saddam and his government break international convention laws. During his war fought with Iran, the Iraqi army used chemical weapons on the Iranian troops and even on their own Iraqi population. This was seemingly overlooked by the rest of the world because most nations didn't want to see the Ayatollah's Islamic revolution rise.
Both the war and the rebuilding of Iraq were violent and ineffective. While the United States presented the war as an attack on terrorism, protection of US civilians, and helping the Iraqi community, they have not been successful. The war in Iraq was a war which fought against various things. One of the main reasons why the US went to war was because they believed that Sadam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq, sponsored terrorism, and possessed weapons of massive destruction. As US military groups searched relentlessly for these weapons they soon came to the realization that Iraq did not possessed the weapons of massive destruction that the US claimed they had.
Many questions were brought to the attention of the public eye, such as why the September 11 attacks weren’t diffused prior to the deaths of innocent Americans. Questions of this nature became centered around Al-Qaeda’s insurgence living in and abroad the United State, as the main culprit in the 9/11 attacks. These attacks on U.S. soil revealed a direct correlation to the failure to report issues, and the U.S. unwillingness to address problems before they escalated. This tragic event brought up many pubic, political, and international concerns to strengthen security in and around our nation in order to prevent future terror groups from causing death and destruction once again. The main emphasis was to “wage war on terror”, a slogan George Bush Jr. incorporated in his quest to eliminate terrorism all across the world.