Not Just About WMDs
thinking about the reasons for the war on Iraq, we should not just focus
on the presence or absence of WMDs.
There were a number of other reasons given to justify that war
and we should look at them as well.
- Weapons of Mass
Destruction None have been found.
This confirms the effectiveness of the UN inspection process
and Iraqi compliance with it. Continuation
of the inspection process would have further verified this
perhaps that is why the US terminated it.
- Military Threat
None of the neighboring countries considered Iraq to be any
threat. Their military was severely weakened after the first Gulf
War and 12 years of sanctions.
The invasion was over in a few weeks.
How then could Iraq have been any danger to the United
There is no evidence that Iraq had any involvement whatsoever in the
attacks of 9/11, or any cooperative relationship with al Qeada.
- Liberation, aka
Regime Change The regime of Saddam Hussein, sponsored originally
by the US, is now over. The
evidence to date however is that the US plans to keep firm control
of the country and establish a new client regime to its liking.
To the people of Iraq this is looking much more like a
foreign occupation than a liberation.
- Oil The huge
Iraqi oil reserves are now under the control of the US.
Politically favored corporations have been given contracts to
repair and manage them.
Politics The war diverted attention from economic and social
problems at home. The
cry of patriotism served to silence many voices of opposition.
It enabled the Republicans to gain tighter control of Congress in the midterm
Relations The Bush administration has pursued unilateral
policies ever since taking office.
The launching of this war after failure to get UN approval is
just the latest and most extreme example.
This action may be intended to intimidate others, but will
further isolate the US and induce other nations to unite in
The Bush administration cried wolf so much about the threats from
Iraq and the need to take decisive action, that they left themselves
no graceful way out.
like individuals, usually have more than one reason for doing something.
Which ones do
you think were the primary reasons for the Bush administration?
David White, 6/24/03