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Kiselyuk 1 Diana Kiselyuk EN-102-11 Professor Crosbie 3/1/07 A Righteous War It has been nearly four years since March 20, 2003, the day that President George W. Bush addressed the American people with an urgent message, “Saddam Hussein must leave Iraq within 48 hours” (Bush 1). This Address to the Nation serves as a valuable reference in the debate among just war. A war is considered to be just for the following reasons: the government or superior authority attempts to recapture things taken from them, punishes people who have done wrong, and attempts to achieve peace. During the time of war, the civilians and non-combatants shall maintain their loyalty to their country of residence. Therefore, the Iraqi war is just and should be supported by the citizens of the United States of America. One of the main concerns of the war in Iraq was that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in his possession. During his Address to the Nation, George W. Bush was stated as saying, “We have sent hundreds of weapons inspectors to oversee the disarmament of Iraq. Our good faith has not been returned” (Bush 1). Although these weapons belong to the nation of Iraq, it is within the best interest of the United States to make sure that these weapons are secured, so that they are not used for harmful purposes by Saddam Hussein. Throughout the Address, Bush continues to say, “…Peaceful efforts to disarm the Iraqi regime have failed again and again—because we are not dealing with peaceful men” (Bush 1). Once Saddam Hussein refused to cooperate appropriately with one of the many resolutions that were passed by the United Nations, the government had to take action. “The danger is clear: using chemical, biological or, one day nuclear
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Kiselyuk 2 weapons, obtained with the help of Iraq, the terrorists {Al Qaeda} could fulfill their
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