English 102/ Sec 022
28 February 2008
The “Good” of the Iraq War
The war waging in Iraq is the biggest argument in the United States today. There are two sides to this argument, as there is any every case. Either you are a supporter of the war, or you don’t support the war. Though you can’t be in the middle because this issue is far to important no to care about. In the spring of 2003, President George Bush declared war against Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. President Bush strongly believed that Saddam either had or was harboring weapons of mass destruction. He gave Saddam a forty-eight hour deadline to remove them. Saddam did nothing. In result, we invaded Iraq. It took only weeks for the most powerful army in the world to take over this weak country. Then the hunt for the weapons of mass destruction began. Come to find out, no weapons were found. Only a few rockets filled with nerve agents. Later on, Saddam was found hiding in a hole under a house outside a small village. Since then, the Americans have been trying to run this country. Although most of the Iraqi’s are glad we have taken out Saddam, there is a small half that is not, and has been making the rebuilding process very difficult. I am very much for the war and I hope to further solidify my stance on this subject, by uncovering more evidence in my research to lead me in my thinking that I am correct.
1. Chomsky, Noam. “Good News, Iraq and Beyond.” ZNet. Feb 16, 2008. http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/16522
Noam Chomsky says that the Iraq War is not the main issue in American politics. He also states that, that is a good thing. This year’s presidential candidates are not stressing about how they will help the U.S escape Iraq; they are stressing others important issues. The U.S. occupying army in Iraq carries out regular studies of popular attitudes, a crucial component of population control measures. In December 2007, the government released a survey that was very upbeat. And that if we continue to receive positive feedback, than we will gain more support.
The survey provides very strong evidence that the Iraqi people are glad that we are there. They are glad to be free, because all people should be free. Also, the survey picked up that numerous Iraqis’ are starting to share beliefs. Which will ultimately cease these civil wars that have been raging on for the past three years. He talks about another poll taken in January, which says Americans are dissatisfied with our U.S. foreign policy. Welch 2
So while the Iraqis’ are grateful for it, we choose to bash it. And the less we support the war, the less financial support we can give to the people of Iraq.
2. Hitchens, Christopher. “ Something To Give Thanks For.” Slate. Nov 19, 2007. http://www.slate.com/id/2178286/
Hitchens says, “Iraq has started to recover command of their own country”. And that America has helped them do so. Most of Baghdad’s street lamps have come on last week for the first time in years. It’s just a small step towards rebuilding, but a progress nonetheless. Hot spots in different neighborhoods are starting to dwindle down as everyone is starting to want the same outcome. Which is a free Iraq, not a nation who lives in fear of their dictator. Also with the supplies running out on the enemies, it is making it easier to over power them.
He supports his stance on ‘good news’ by giving facts and evidence. He tells us of lighting and power coming back as well as the fighting between groups as not being as hostile. But he contradicts his statements by saying that he doesn’t know if this is good news and if it will last. If he writes this article about good news, then he must stick with his stance and provide the type of argument that he did. Everyone needs hope and to stick to having a positive stance on everything. If we don’t have hope for Iraq, then how can we succeed....