Reasons used for the 2003 Iraq war
There were many reasons used for the Iraq War in 2003 by the US and the UK. The main reasons used were:
- Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
- 9/11 and “War on terror.”
- Making Iraq a democratic country.
- To get rid of Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein because he used chemical weapons on his people.
These are four very different reasons. It seems like they tried to use as many reasons as they could think of, to try and justify the Iraq war. Maybe they did this so when one of the reasons was proven as a lie they could backtrack and use the other reason.
They did not give one clear purpose for the Iraq war. Lets dissect each of the reasons used to prove why each one was not the true reason for the Iraq war.
Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
The WMD reason is very easy to disprove. We now know that there were no WMDs in Iraq. The secret services were wrong. How could the secret services claim there was evidence for something that did not exist in Iraq?
Should we look into the “mistake” to find out who made up the lie? I mean it did lead to the death of more than one millions Iraqis, the destruction of Iraq and has traumatised millions of Iraqi children for life. No lets brush it under the carpet, the secret services got it wrong, ask no questions.
9/11 and the war on terror
This reason again is easy disprove in light of the facts. The mastermind of the 9/11 attack was Osama Bin Laden. He was from Saudi Arabia and not from Iraq. He was not even residing in Iraq, he was in the mountainous regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the time.
There were no suicide bombings in Iraq and absolutely no terrorism in Iraq. However they used 9/11 as a reason for the Iraq war, 9/11 was the perfect excuse if you did want to invade any country. The invasion of Iraq brought terrorism to Iraq.
Making Iraq a democratic country
The problem with this reason was the timing of wanting to make Iraq a democracy. Iraq was a dictatorship under Saddam from 1979 up until 2003. If this was the reason for the Iraq war, why did the West wait 24 years to make Iraq a democratic country?
As of 2017 there are 49 countries with a dictatorship. Was the name of the country being made a democracy drawn out of the hat? Why was Iraq chosen, perhaps it had something to do with Iraq’s oil reserves.
To get rid of Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein because he used chemical weapons on his people
Again the problem with this reason for the Iraq war is the timing. Why wait 24 years to get rid of Saddam? Many years after Saddam killed hundreds of thousands of his own people.
Saddam used chemical weapons on Iraqi Kurds and Iran in 1980s, again why wait 23 years and then use this as an excuse for the invasion of Iraq. It is like the US waiting 23 years after the 9/11 attacks and then going after Bin Laden. Furthermore CIA files showed that the US helped Saddam use chemical weapons. On top of this, the US supported Saddam’s invasion of Iran.
Donald Rumsfeld, President Reagan’s Middle East
special envoy meeting Saddam in 1983, after Saddam
used chemical weapons.
We can only speculate on the real reason for the Iraq war. However what is certain is that reasons used by the US and UK governments were lies.
The fact of matter is that Iraq had no WMDs, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and terrorism, the West was happy for Saddam to be the dictator of Iraq for 24 years until Saddam did something that the West did not like and they wanted him gone.
The British government had a public inquiry into the Iraq War known as the Chilcot report. The report was published a few days after Britain’s vote to leave Europe, in order to avoid as much attention as possible.
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