War in Iraq

Topics: United States, Iraq War, President of the United States, War on Terrorism, 2003 invasion of Iraq / Pages: 11 (2574 words) / Published: Dec 5th, 2012
Alexis Sutton
English 102- Sec 17
Professor Burke
October 15, 2012
A War Without Justified Reason
The United States declares war against Iraq (after an attack allegedly by Al Queda, a terrorist group based in Afghanistan) to destroy their nuclear weapons but what about other countries like North Korea’s nuclear weapons? On September 11, 2001 the United States suffered devastating attacks to the Pentagon, Washington and the World Trade Center resulting in the loss of many innocent civilians lives. The United States government went on to figure out how justice would be served. As a result of 9/11, in 2003 the United States decided to invade Iraq in order to stop Saddam Hussein as dictator, stop production of weapons of mass destruction, fight the war against terrorism and gain control of Iraq’s oil reserves. The “Just War Doctrine” was created in order to guide the United States in making the decision whether or not war is acceptable. The Vanity Fair article “Path to War”(2004) written by Bryan Burrough, Evgenia Peretz, David Rose, and David Wise reveals evidence how and why the war on Iraq is unjust and breaks the principles in the “Just War Doctrine.” Although we have destroyed Saddam Hussein and his organization does not mean the war was justified and many lives could have been saved if other options were put into effect. In order to constitute a war the benefits must out weigh the damages and follow the principles of the Just War Doctrine. However the Bush Administration used the attack on 9/11 to persuade the United States the war is just without fully investigating evidence and alternatives. The Bush Administration went against the Just War Doctorine and used 9/11 as an excuse to stress unnecessary and uninvestigated reasons to declare war on Iraq. According to the Just War principles, the Bush Administration’s declation of war on Iraq was unjust.
President Bush and his Administration used the attack on the World Trade Center as an excuse to declare war



Cited: Burrough, Ryan, Eugenia Peretz, David Rose, and David Wise. "The Path to War." Vanity Fair. N.p., Nov. 2004. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. <http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2004/05/path-to-war200405>. Galston, William "Just War Doctrine." Catholic Answers. N.p., 2012. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. <http://www.catholic.com/documents/just-war-doctrine>. Mazzetti, Mark

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