What are facts about the Iraq War?
The Iraq War was not an actual war. To engage in a war their has
to be a legitimate threat to our sovereignty, which Iraq did not
pose. Furthermore, to engage in a "war" you must declare war on a
country and give ample legitimate, unequivocal, overwhelmingly
compelling evidence of wrong doing by the country-in-question's
government, prove the threat, get the consensus of the people to
opt into war, and DECLARE IT... None of these things happened
during our unlawful occupation of Iraq. Not to mention, hundreds of
thousands of civilian lives were lost in "Operation Iraqi
Freedom"... This was not a war, it was a massacre and the objective
was completed: Israel got rid of our " Ol' Allie" Saddam and we got
their oil ( the second largest reserve in the region outside of
Saudi Arabia)... In the famous words of G.W. Bush, "Mission
- The Iraq War started in March 2003 and ended in December
- Most of the Fighting took place in what is called the "Sunni
Triangle" a region with vertices at Baghdad, Fallujah, and Tikrit
which has the densest Sunni population.
- Iraq is divided into roughly three dominant ethno-religious
groups: Shiite Arabs, Sunni Arabs, and Sunni Kurds.
- The Iraq War cost over 4200 Coalition Soldiers and over 200,000
- The Iraq War was supposedly to curtail Saddam Hussein's weapons
of mass destruction although none were found.
- The Iraq War resulted in the new Republic of Iraq regime headed
by Nouri Al-Maliki and increasing Iranian influence in Iraqi
As concerns Answer 1, the Iraq War was a war. A War requires
only three things: two or more armies or militant groupings, a
contested issue over which the leadership of those armies disagree,
and fighting between the armies over the adjudication of that
issue. The Iraq War satisfies all three qualifications and is
therefore a "war".
What Answer 1 does feel, and perhaps rightfully so, is that the
Iraq War was not a Just War, a Reasonable War, a Symmetric War, or
a War according to American Jurisprudence. A Just War means that
the War is in defense of values worth defending, such as American
sovereignty or violations of International Law. A Reasonable War
means that the War was based on rational grounds and deliberated
upon, which it seems that the Iraq War was not, especially since
there was no Plan B when it turned out that the Iraqis did not
greet the United States forces as liberators. A Symmetric War means
that the forces on both sides are adequately matched and the Iraqi
Forces were nowhere close to matching the Multi-National Force
Militaries. As for American Jurisprudence, a War is not officially
a War (but a police action or military action) unless Congress
actively declares war. This failure to declare war does not
indicate that battle conditions are any easier or lighter than had
war actually been declared.
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