12 April, 2013
Waging War For What?
I’m sure most, if not all of you, are all familiar with the recently ended Iraq War. Well how would you like to hear that this 8 year long war was not even justified? According to the just war theory the well-known Iraq War is considered not a just war. Why you may ask? Well the just war theory has many different criteria and regulations that have to be met in order to consider a war just. Focusing in on a few of those criteria has determined that it is indeed not a just war. Some of those criteria include having no just cause. When a war is waged due to reasons or causes that are viewed as wrong, it causes the war to be unjust. Another aspect is having the right intention. When a war is waged on an intention that is unethical or wrong, it is considered unjust. Lastly, it talks about the aspect of a war having to be a last resort. This talks about how a war should only be created when there is no other way possible to resolve an issue at hand. When this is not met it causes the war to also be unjust. Statistics show that due to these issues not being able to be met it classifies the Iraq War as an unjust war. One of the criteria that have to be met in order to be just, was it needed to have a just cause. One of the main reasons why the war was started was because the United States feared that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Prior research shows that the United States already has spies and investigators in Iraq at the time and there were no signs or reason to believe they had weapons of mass destruction since the mid-1900s. “The Iraq Survey Group concluded that ‘Iraq, by the mid-1990s, was essentially free of militarily significant WMD stocks’, although Saddam retained a strategic ambition and capability to reacquire them once the sanctions regime had ended.” (Fisher). Seen as though the war began in 2003, the threat of weapons of mass destruction could not be considered a just cause. Another reason people say that the United States had a just cause to go to war was the bombing of 9/11. The bombing of 9/11 was by Afghanistan, not Iraq. Therefore trying to say anything about 9/11 dealing with the Iraq War is incorrect. Concluding back to the thought of it being a just enough cause to wage a war over the thousands of lives lost in 9/11 deals with a completely different country than Iraq. The fact that the criteria of having to have a just cause was clearly not met, proving that the war was not just. Another issue brought up in the just war theory is to have the right intention before entering or creating a war. This was most definitely not met when it comes to the Iraq war. The intentions of the United States in the Iraq war was not only based on freeing themselves of the threat from Saddam Hussein and suspicions of weapons of mass destruction, but also for economic advantages. The United States had said prior to waging this war that they wanted to control all global resources. These including mainly oil. It had been proven prior to the war that Iraq had a very large quantity of oil in their possession. As Dick Cheney quoted, "Oil remains fundamentally a government business. While many regions of the world offer great oil opportunities, the Middle East with two thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost is still where the prize ultimately lies, even though companies are anxious for greater access there, progress continues to be slow." Proving that oil in Iraq was an ongoing intrest. It has also been proven that during and after the war was over that the United States now has control over that oil and the Iraq oil is where most of the oil used today comes from. Therefore, it has been determined that one of the main intentions in waging a war with Iraq was for the control of their resources. As CIA director George Tenet stated, “The white house did not even have probable cause to believe its own prewar claims, both express and implied,...
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