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GPS 136 Lecture 03-11-08

GPS 136 Lecture 03-11-08 - 9/11 19 people using box cutters...

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March 11, 2008 9/11 19 people using box cutters murdered about 3000 civilians The US became a preemptive country for the first time Was Saddam a threat to the US? No US had been attacking his infrastructure since 1991 2003 invasions of Iraq became a war of choice No country that started a war in the 20 century emerged a winner; WWI, WWII, Korea, Invasion of Israel in 1948, Iran/ Iraq war. No one who attacked first emerged a war. Except when Israel attacked Egypt Protracted small scale conflicts War on terror, war without boundaries or limits 20 th century wars had boundaries, 21 century wars March 2003, Invasion of Iraq The personality of leaders The Iranians war trying to expand the revolution, Saddam completely misunderstood Iran Saddam, a lover of war The war untied the Iranian people, Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis US didn’t think of themselves as invaders US underestimated the ability of people to turn against invaders
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