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 this war such as, the rise of New Labour, regime change and the economical reasons. It will also analyse the consequences of the war for the UK, particularly the costs of the war on the UK, the problems raised in Blair 's government and the consequences of the war on Iraq. In 1997, Tony Blair , representing the New Labour party, came to power as he became the British Prime Minister. He was resolute to transform UK foreign policy, and the new policy included two dimensions. "First, Labour in power was to be more internationalist than its conservative predecessors, embracing the interdependence of the modern world, working towards multilateral rather than unilateral solutions to international problems. Second, Labour was to have a…

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