Invasion of Iraq the Impending Term Paper

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[. . .] The possibility of a nuclear weapon production in Iraq is still being questioned and further investigated, although there have been satellite photos that shows evidence of "images of new buildings... At a former Iraqi weapons plant," that have plausible activities connected to the production of nuke weapons (Ratnesar p. 44). Thus, Iraq is a powerful nation to reckon with, and in the U.S. government's opinion, the danger of possessing these deadly, lethal weapons, and the desire to 'unleash' them to other nations in times of war, is what makes Iraq and Hussein an enemy of the U.S.

Further, the power of the Iraqi government and Hussein's influence might result to a unified "Arab nations against the U.S.," and this is threatening situation, especially if the U.S. wants to make the Middle Eastern region a region of free nations (McGeary p. 32). If a war against the Iraq is proclaimed and approved by the U.S. government, Hussein's influence and power might encourage, or compel, other Arab nations to fight along with Iraq against the U.S. Evidence of this is Saddam's continuous support in giving out "diplomatic weapons" and financial 'help' to nations who are anti-U.S. Or have grievances against the U.S., such as Palestine and Afghanistan. Also, in a report by TIME correspondent Johanna McGeary, she cites the possibility that "[w]eapons of mass destruction could help him (Saddam Hussein) coerce the oil-rich Gulf and other Arab states to act in his favor" (p. 30). Evidently, Saddam's power and influence is beyond refutation; he, indeed, can possibly 'compel' other Arab nations in his favor because of his powerful war weapons and rich oil reserves (in Iraq).

The last reason for the justification of the U.S. attack against Iraq has to do with the abuses and sufferings the civilian Iraqis had experienced under Saddam's dictatorship. Most of the Iraqis believe that their life had been much better when Saddam had taken over Iraq's leadership, and this is the most common argument in favor of Saddam's dictatorship. This argument also fits the Elitist or Power- Elite Theory, which states that a single- elite, in this case, Saddam's family and Royal army, decides for most of the important decisions of a nation. This is characteristic of Iraq's government, which is under Saddam's dictatorship. However, this argument, that is, that Iraqi life have been much better when Saddam had taken over (thus proving Saddam's capacity and eligibility to rule Iraq), can be refuted through the Pluralist Theory. The Pluralist Theory favors the distribution of power in various sectors of the society. Thus, under this theory, important decisions were made in consensus with other members of the society, which is actually a characteristic of a democratic government. The Pluralist Theory contradicts the Elitist Theory, which supposes that life has been better for the Iraqis when Saddam became their leader. Evidence of Saddam and his family's corruption are prevalent, and abuses on its civilian people are common, but all of these 'bad publicity' to Saddam had been 'hushed up' by Saddam's government. Any attempt to disobey his and his family's wishes and commands, and any attempt to contradict his rules will result to a lifetime suffering through diseases or illness, and even death (McGeary p. 27-8). Thus, once the U.S. attack has been made, a new Iraqi government will be established, wherein it will be a nation "that is democratic and pluralistic... where the human rights of every ethnic and religious group is recognized and respected" (McGeary p.32). These three primary reasons thus prove that an invasion of Iraq, and the eventual oust, capture, or even death of Saddam Hussein will be favorable not only to the U.S. nation's stability, security, and freedom, but also to all the nations in the world.

Bibliography

McGeary, Johanna. "7 Questions to Ponder." 14 October 2002. TIME Magazine, Vol. 160, No. 14. p. 32.

McGeary, Johanna. "Inside Saddam's World." 13 May 2002. TIME Magazine, Vol. 159, No. 18. p. 27-8, 30.

Ratnesar, Romesh. "Inspections: Can They Work This Time?" 30 September 2002. TIME Magazine, Vol. 160, No. 12. p. 44. [END OF PREVIEW]

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