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War on Iraq As I'm sure you all know March 20th 2003 is a very significant date. It is the date the invasion of Iraq started. Many names have been given to this, The Iraq War, Occupation of Iraq, the Second Gulf War, even Operation Iraqi Freedom. You see what strikes me as ironic is I was unaware that Iraq needed freeing. Of course the United States is a massive world power which claims to stand for hope, justice and peace. Now knowing this I should feel glad they intervened and decided their help and presence was wanted, even needed. However reading the facts I'm going to give you I wasn't so sure BUT of course it's your decision and your opinion. For you to understand this war I think it is important that we look at the facts, the geography of the country and what is has to offer: Iraq has a population of more than 25 million, with 5 million inhabitants in their capital of Baghdad. Iraq borders Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. ...read more.


After the media showed the horrendous conditions and the dreadful situation in Iraq, there was a worldwide cry of outrage. The US government was pressurized to show what proof they had of Iraq's supposed "weapons of mass destruction" and they were given a deadline to complete there report. Although a team of surveyors were sent in to Iraq to search for evidence, none was found. A CIA report concludes "Saddam Hussein did not possess stockpiles of illicit weapons at the time of the U.S. invasion in March 2003 and had not begun any program to produce them". This means that this war was started for absolutely no reason. This was NOT a just war as there is absolutely NO just reason. Since the day talks about war started, protestors started marching, organizations such as green-peace openly campaigned endlessly to prevent the war, however public opinion was not needed or wanted and the war went ahead. George Bush famously gave the figure 30,000 "more or less" for the number of dead Iraqi civilians, however many surveys and established people disagree, 655,000 is the figure estimated by a US university. ...read more.


However Bush and Blair were deaf to our views, all our protesting made no difference and we were forced to watch as two peoples choice cost thousands of lives. All the points I've spoken about can be backed and supported with evidence and proof, BUT what about justice? What about decency? What about humanity? What really strikes me is the fact that Iraq is only a country but the people who live there are humans. There are thousands of innocent children sitting on roads orphaned due to this war, thousands of innocent woman are widowed due to this war, and thousands of innocent families will never be reunited because of this war. Hope, Justice and Peace. This is what America and its Allies are meant to stand for maybe it's just me but I'm sure you agree. Were all human, we all have feelings, we all care about the innocent, and we all want to see justice served. However where is the justice now? We sit here safe and sound and we never realize that 'those people all the way over in Iraq' their just humans. Just like me. Just like you. ?? ?? ?? ?? Iram Qureshi Word Count: 1146 ...read more.

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