The Iraq War

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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…show more content…
Although the pre-emptive strike was justified as self-defence by the US, there was no substantial evidence that the Iraqi government had any WMDs, nor any links to the terrorist organization known as Al-Qaeda. Dr. Hans Blix, the UN's former chief weapons inspector who was heading the investigation of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction between 1999 to 2003, did not find any weapons of mass destruction in the course of his investigation and had deemed the war on Iraq as illegal (BBC, 2005). Adding to this, a report produced by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), states that Iraq's nuclear programs have been suspended for many years and that the country’s ability to produce chemical weapons has been eliminated through multiple military operations and UN inspections (Cirincione et al., 2004). The secondary claim that the Iraqi government was affiliated with the Al-Qaeda terrorist network was also not met by substantial evidence, apart from official statements made by the United States. In the same CEIP report mentioned earlier, there was no real evidence proving the collaboration between Iraqi government and the Al-Qaeda network. Not only that, there was a commentary that also stated that Saddam Hussien and Osama bin Laden detested and feared each other even though they share a common enemy, which was the US (Healy, 2003). However, despite the lack of substantial evidence, and the abundance of reports and opposition

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