English 102- Sec 17
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 against terror; blame Iraq when there was no reliable proof Iraq had any connections to Al Queda because they had ulterior motives. President Bush and his Administration had ulterior motives when the decision was made to go to war against Iraq. On September 11, 2001 the United States were in shock, the country had not witnessed such a preventable disaster in decades. President Bush and his team determined and announced to the public that the attacks that day were not just acts of terror but acts of war. Then only a short three days after the attacks President Bush and his advisors gathered to discuss the path the war was going to take however they did not keep the Just War principles in mind. According to the Just War principles, “the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations much be lasting, grave and certain,” (Catholic.org 2). The damage caused by the attacks on 9/11 will be lasting and grave forever affecting the American people whose lives were lost and destroyed families. However President Bush and his Administration declared acts of war and began to plan a war against Iraq without any proof of who committed these terrorist attacks. At President Bush’s meeting three days after the attacks Paul Wolfowitz, an undersecretary of defense for policy for George H. W. Bush, allegedly discussed how Iraq’s involvement in 9/11 was only a 10-50% chance. Bush and his Administration have no proof of who was behind the attacks only speculations and ulterior motives. According to ZZZ Bush has had a plan to attack Iraq to gain control of their oil before the 9/11 attack. However Bush knew it was important that find proof and made the main mission in Iraq to find their weapons of mass destruction. Secretary of State Colin Powell was scheduled to deliver a speech to the public about the war. President Bush’s Vice President Richard Cheney and their “staff constantly pushed for certain intelligence on Iraq’s alleged ties to terrorists to be...
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>.
"Just War Doctrine." Catholic Answers. N.p., 2012. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. <http://www.catholic.com/documents/just-war-doctrine>.
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