War Versus Peace

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War versus Peace
Victoria Hartley

A recent poll, conducted by CBS News, revealed that 59% of American citizens believe the U.S. did not do the right thing in going to war with Iraq. According to several other surveys, many also think that the U.S. has not accomplished our goals in Iraq, and has not made us any safer from terrorism, or even made us less safe. The decision to enter into a war in Iraq was a bad one indeed. The world has not become safer from terrorism, Iraq has not been made a better place to live, and over a million people have died as a result of this unnecessary war.

Do you think the war on terror has helped to rid the world of cruel terrorists? Think again. In the years after Bush led America into this war, researchers have found that there have been a total of 1,833 suicide attacks (about 1,500 more than the 23 years before the war) and the anti-American attacks have been raised from 15% to 92%. In a debate hosted by CNN in 2010, Marco Rubio, a candidate for Florida's senate seat, stated, “the world is better off because Saddam Hussein is no longer in charge.” Maybe he is right; maybe the world is better off without Saddam Hussein ruling a country, but why then have incidents of terrorism increased by 600%? Maybe it is because America's invasion led to the breaking of the record for longest time a country has spent without a government. This leads to another question; has The U.S. succeeded in making Iraq a safer place to live?

Regardless of what some may think, with a little research, this questions brings up a resounding no. Iraqi citizens seem to be suffering as much, if not more, than ever. Since the establishment of a new government, fuel prices in Iraq have risen about 500%, and there has been major inflation on just about everything. One dollar a day, or even less, is all millions of Iraqi citizens have to live on. These people can't afford the inflated prices of basic everyday needs. On top of this, due to the...
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