Introduction: The present war in Iraq began with the invasion of Iraq by United States Armed Forces in 2003.
Since then there have been many bloody skirmishes and fights not only between the American forces currently stationed there and the remnants of the Iraqi forces but also among the ethnic and religious groups in the area.
The recent data on the War in Iraq estimate the death count of American troops alone to be 2,815, while the civilian deaths resulting from the conflict are estimated at over 100,000.
Perhaps the strongest position why the War in Iraq should be continued is the evidence of the link between extremists and the Iraqi government (Hayes 1).
While there is no evidence of many transactions or dealings between Iraq and Muslim extremists, it is clear that there was one.
The rising death toll and the economic burden that the war in Iraq has caused the United States makes it high time for it to reconsider its options and decide whether or not the War in Iraq is worth all of the lives that have been sacrificed and the dollars that have been spent. This short discourse will provide an analysis of this ongoing conflict and try to examine the pros and cons of the current situation.
This discussion will also try to propose what the best action is for the United States regarding this conflict.
As Berger put it, “Saddam’s history of aggression, and his recent record of deception and defiance, leaves no doubt that he would resume his drive for regional domination if he had the chance.” Nor should we assume that, even if the United States and others had remained vigilant, Hussein could have been deterred from doing something to provoke a conflict.
Tragic miscalculation was Hussein’s specialty, after all, as his invasions of Iran and Kuwait proved (Shuster 1).
Justifying the Attack: With the recent data on the War in Iraq estimating the death count of American troops alone to be 2,815, while the civilian deaths resulting from the conflict are at over 100,000, this rising death toll that the war in Iraq has caused has made the United States reconsider its options and on deciding whether or not the War in Iraq is worth all of the lives that have been sacrificed and the dollars that have been spent in name of freedom.
While there are those who oppose the war in Iraq, there is a positive side to this conflict and it is that this will help stop another 9/11 and help stop the worldwide spread of fanatic extremists.
These documents also show that Saddam Hussein agreed to Osama bin Laden’s request to broadcast anti-Saudi propaganda on Iraqi state-run television.
There is also evidence that shows that Saddam Hussein welcomed young al Qaeda members “with open arms” before the war, that they “entered Iraq in large numbers, setting up an organization to confront the occupation,” and that the regime “strictly and directly” controlled their activities.
To properly arrive at a solution regarding this issue it is essential to first understand the advantages and disadvantages of continuing the war in Iraq.