Making the Case for War in Iraq, Again, Lest We Forget

As a follow up to my previous blog posting, it occurred to me it might be worthwhile to make the case for war in Iraq, again, lest we forget why we went there in the first place (and based on the news of the day discussed in my previous post, I think many people have forgotten).

The World Changed on September 11, 2001
Well, according to Condoleezza Rice, the world had already changed, but the US had not woken up to that change. “Before September 11th, this country simply was not on a war footing“, with Islamic terrorists. But shortly after 9/11 came the Bush Doctrine. Said President Bush, “we will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.” Iraq, a terrorist regime itself, was clearly a place where terrorists could find safe harbor. We could no longer allow Iraq to go unchecked.

Iraq had Violated 17 United Nations Security Council Resolutions
Between 1990 and 2002, 17 UN Security Council resolutions were passed against Iraq. Many of these resolutions said the same thing over and over again; it was as if, each time it passed a new resolution, the UN was childishly and naively saying ‘ok, this time you better comply.’ And each time, Iraq replied, ‘Or what? You’ll pass another resolution?’ It was high time someone started enforcing these UN resolutions. Here is a sample of some of the resolutions.

  • Iraq must not “use, develop, construct or acquire” any weapons of mass destruction.
  • Iraq must immediately end repression of its civilian population.
  • The UN “condemns” Iraq’s “serious violation” of its previous resolutions.
  • The UN “further condemns” Iraq’s noncompliance with IAEA and its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • The last resolution, passed in November 2002, called for “immediate and complete disarmament”, for “full access to Iraqi facilities and documents” related to nuclear development and the if they did not comply with these demands they would “face serious consequences.” UN Security Council Resolutions Concerning Iraq

    Saddam Hussein was a Mass Murderer
    Next, let me remind you that hundreds of thousands of innocent lives were taken by Saddam Hussein and his evil regime. Here are just some of the many atrocities they perpetrated.

  • A 1983 attack against Kurdish citizens, 8,000 of whom were rounded up and executed in the desert.
  • In 1988, as many as 182,000 people were taken and executed in the desert. The remains of some of their wives and children have also been found in mass graves.
  • Chemical attacks against Kurdish villages from 1986 to 1988, when the Iraqi Air Force dropped sarin, VX and tabun chemical agents (i.e. weapons of mass destruction) , killing 5,000 people immediately and causing long-term medical problems, related deaths, and birth defects among thousands more.
  • The 1991 massacre of Iraqi Shi’a Muslims after the Shi’a uprising at the end of the Gulf war, in which tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians were killed.
  • 2,500 prisoners were executed between 1997-1999 in a “prison cleansing campaign”
  • At least 130 Iraqi women were beheaded between June 2000 and April 2001
    Mass Graves of Iraq: Uncovering Atrocities
    Crimes of Saddam Hussein
    Life Under Saddam Hussein
  • Bottom Line
    Iraq, under Saddam Hussein, was a danger to the US, a danger to its own citizens and a danger to the world. Bush declared at West Point, “America has no empire to extend or utopia to establish. We wish for others only what we wish for ourselves — safety from violence, the rewards of liberty, and the hope for a better life.” The war in Iraq has begun to do that, but our troops must be allowed to finish their mission. Many of Al Qaeda’s top leaders have been destroyed, Iraq is no longer a state sponsor of terror, the people of Iraq have voted, they have a constitution and political freedom for the first time since before Saddam’s rule. I leave you with a quote from the movie, The Majestic, “When bullies rise up, the rest of us have to beat them back down, whatever the cost. That’s a simple idea I suppose, but one worth giving everything for.”

    1 reply
    1. Amy D.
      Amy D. says:

      As so much criticism is all we hear anymore, this is a reminder of what America is trying to do by being in Iraq and Afghanistan. It seems that enemies of the U.S. would have been much more bold in their efforts to attack us had we not shown some force. I’ll stop trying to sound like I know what’s going on! Good thing you do!

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