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Unformatted text preview: James Ware Kyle Bishop Engl 102.116 24 March 2008 Iraqi War: Just or unjust? The Path to Destruction The Iraqi war, also known as Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation TELIC, the occupation of Iraq or the Second Gulf War, is an ongoing effort/conflict which began on March 20, 2003 with the United States-led invasions of Iraq by a multinational coalition composed of U.S. and UK troops supported by smaller contingents from Australia, Denmark, Poland and other nations. This War has been an attempt to neutralize threats, especially to enable that terrorism is prevented. The main rationale for the invasion offered by U.S. President George W. Bush and coalition supporters was the allegation that Iraq possessed and was actively producing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in violation of a 1991 agreement. U.S. officials argued that Iraq was indeed an imminent, urgent, and immediate threat to the United States, its citizens, allies, and interests. The intelligence provided about these accusations was widely criticized when inspectors found no evidence of WMD. After the invasion, the Iraqi Survey Group concluded that Iraq had ended its WMD programs in 1991 and had none at the time of the invasion, but intended to resume production if and when the Iraq sanctions were lifted. There were degraded remnants of WMD and misplaced or abandoned WMD were found, but they were not the weapons for which the coalition invaded. Some U.S. Officials claimed that Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda had been cooperating, but no evidence of any collaborative relationship has been found. Other reasons for the invasion stated by officials included concerns over Iraq's financial support for the families of Palenstine suicide bombers, Iraqi government human rights abuses, spreading democracy, and Iraq's oil reserves. The invasion led to the quick defeat of the Iraqi military, the flight of President Saddam Hussein, his capture in December, 2003 an his exsecusion in December, 2006. The U.S.-led coalition occupied Iraq and attempted to establish a new democratic government. But shortly after the initial invasion, violence against coalition forces and among various sectarian groups led to asymmetric warfare with the Iraq insurgency between many Sunni and Shia Iraqis, and al-Qaueda operations in Iraq. Estimates of the number of people killed range from over 150,000 to more than 1 million. The financial costs of the war has been more than 4.5 billion ($9 billion) to the UK, and over $845 billion to the U.S., with the total cost to the U.S. economy estimated at $3 to 5 trillion. Member nations of the Coalition began to withdraw their forces as public opinion favoring troop withdrawals increased and as Iraqi forces began to take responsibility for security....
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