The Reasons Behind The Uk Participation

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The Iraq war started on 20 March 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by the United States together with the United Kingdom against the Baath Party of Saddam Hussein. The overt reason behind the war was accusing Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and what reinforced the doubts was "Saddam Hussein 's refusing to co-operate with the United Nations inspectors in their search for his forbidden weapons of mass destruction at the beginning" . However, even after the fall of Iraq, invaders could not find any such weapons. This led to the repeated questions for Tony Blair and George Bush to give reasonable justifications for taking their countries to this war. This essay will discuss some of the reasons behind the UK participation in…show more content…
Which means that the New Labour wanted Britain to be known for its integrity with which it conducts its foreign relations. Therefore, protection of human rights became a key role in its foreign policy. This justification was used in Kosovo conflict in 1999, when the UK sent forces to help the people in Kosovo from the excessive use of force by Serbian security forces . For the same objectives, Blair justified his desire to interfere in Iraq to release the Iraqi people from the abusing of Saddam and to reinforce "the desire that Britain act as a force for good in the world". Another reason is regime change in Iraq, as Blair had the intention to displace Saddam Hussein from ruling the country. Even though he did not say this directly, it was obvious when he said "we should intervene where terror or WMD pose a threat; Iraq is developing WMD; Saddam 's regime oppresses his own people and has attacked his neighbours" that changing regime would be favorable because Saddam mistreated Iraqis and therefore he should be stopped, not only because he had WMD. It was not the first time Blair had aimed to intervene for regime change; he had applied a similar action before against Slobodan Milosevic in the Kosovo crisis and also against Sierra Leone 's rebel leader Foday Sankoh. He had a successful regime change
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