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The Invasion of Iraq
A justification of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and an analysis of the French and opposing position.
# 27786 | 1,034 words | 8 sources | APA | 2002 | US

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This paper discusses how the U.S. led invasion of Iraq has invited a lot of controversy about the justification, legality and ethics of a "pre-emptive" strike against a foreign government. It examines how although the U.S. government has justified it on several grounds, most countries in the rest of the world, notably France remain unconvinced. It looks at how the U.S. (and its coalition partners) justify the invasion of Iraq and compare it to the French position. It also analyzes the impact of the invasion on future international affairs.

U.S. Justification for the Invasion of Iraq
The Opposing (French) View Point
Analysis of the Two Positions
Tactless Diplomacy and Fear of American Power
The Real Agendas?
Impact of the Invasion on Future International Affairs

From the Paper:

"Even after the end of the War in Iraq, the controversy about whether the invasion was justified continues unabated both inside and outside the United States. The reasons for the continuing debate are not hard to find. In the days before the war there had been unprecedented demonstrations all over the world by peace activists against the war. During debate at the United Nations, the French government had threatened to use its veto to defeat a resolution that sanctioned an invasion of Iraq. Most other European countries, except the UK, and including Russia had supported the French position. Gerhard Schroder even won the recent German elections on the basis of his opposition to the Iraq war. Perhaps the only countries of significance that supported the war were Britain and Israel, and even in Britain there was significant opposition to the war among the public."

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The Invasion of Iraq (2003, June 18) Retrieved January 19, 2021, from

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