This article explains the thoughts and actions during the start of the Iraq War. President George W. Bush invaded Iraq because him and the administration strongly trusted that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction hidden in Iraq. Bush conveyed fear to the public that those weapons would be used against the United States in a following attack. The first attacks seem to have failed miserably for America because all initial attempts to find and kill Saddam Hussein failed. Moreover, the anti-aircraft fire and missile launches from cruisers seem to be ineffective. The question is, “Why didn’t Congress vote to declare war on Iraq in 2003?” In the case of Iraq, where the target was, in fact, a single nation, a declaration of war did not fit into the historical context because Iraq did not pose an immediate military threat to the U.S. Even though the AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) would mention a "continuing threat," the president's initial case was that the war was needed to prevent a threat. Additionally, a major part of the justification to invade was to implement UN resolutions, which elevated the conflict beyond a state of war between nations. Sanger, David E., and John F. Burns. “BUSH ORDERS START OF WAR ON IRAQ; MISSILES APPARENTLY MISS HUSSEIN.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 19 Mar. 2003, www.nytimes.com/2003/03/20/world/threats-responses-white-house-bush-orders-start-war-iraq-missiles-apparently.html.
The article was published 13 years after the Iraq War explaining that Iraq war as a defining blot on Tony Blair’s years in office. Tony Blair was one of the main leaders in the Iraq War. It appears that there is no doubt that him, and the other leaders, created a false case for invading Iraq and and mishandled the situation at hand. But finally, after all these years, the explanation of Britain’s role was reported. John Chilcot, of the Iraq Inquiry Committee, put Blair on the spot to defend why he formally selected the prime minister to give his reinforcement behind America. Tony Blair’s thoughts and actions raised questions about Britain’s role under NATO, and being America’s closest European ally. Tony Blair was not being formal with himself with the nation about the lead up to the Iraq war. The former Prime Minister had granted the situation for war with great unpredictability. Saddam Hussein did not pose a threat at the time and place of the invasion of Iraq back in 2003, and the war was started and fought on the trust of unintelligible evidence. Board, The Editorial. “Opinion | Iraq War Lies, 13 Years Later.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 7 July 2016, www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/opinion/iraq-war-lies-13-years-later.html.
Photojournalist, Robert Nickelsberg, brings a collection of important photos taken before and during the Iraq War through the months. These photos not only show the hard work and dedication of our men, but shows the Iraqi people taking a stand as they brutally carry themselves through the war. The collection shows devastating photos of the actions of the Saddam Hussein’s army and people, and how they are taking numerous lives, as well as destroying towns. This “diary” shows us the true perspective on how things were out there as this was a battle that lasted a decade. We look back at the moments from the war and the legacy it left behind, as this war seemed (and still is) pointless to many people around the war. Although this was a war led by false interpretation, these photos showed us how hardworking and dedicated our men were on the battlefield as the war lasted. Our job was not only to defend, but to bring peace. We see the pictures of the Iraqi people gathering, walking freely. This is all because of the solidified work our men have done. Nickelsberg, Robert. A TIME Photographer's Iraq Diary. © 2016 Time Inc, content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1885837_1857269,00.html.
This documentary attempts to demonstrate that the American government hoaxed the public in order to justify going to war with Iraq. A major detail is that the U.S. government misinterpreted the 9/11 attacks with Saddam Hussein in order to convince the public that going to war in Iraq was the right move for the country. The other parts of this documentary follow the same basis which is basically checking President Bush’s facts. When I first saw this documentary, I was not too comfortable putting this into in my assessment because I felt like it was a little off subject. But after I started reading and watching more, I thought differently. This source actually brought some doubt into my mind about the purpose of going to war with Iraq. After reading some of the points, I was concerned whether or not this was was actually justified completely. Now, the majority of my understanding of all of this is telling me that the U.S. government would try to deceive the public and go to war for the better of the country, which I still believe is the case, but a little part of me thinks maybe it was for reasons other than 9/11 and the weapons Iraq appears to have. “Uncovered: The War on Iraq (2004).” IMDb, IMDb.com, www.imdb.com/title/tt0420286/.
The movie takes place in the middle of a war zone in Baghdad, Iraq, a year after the war began. A team of soldiers from the explosive ordnance disposal team is trying to defuse a bomb. Unfortunately, the whole situation turns for the worst, and the team's bomb tech and team leader, ends up dying. To say that the characters love what they do does not grasp the emotions they experience when they have the opportunity to do what the team does best. The squad members just want to survive the very few days of duty they have left to complete, but much risk-taking drives them brutally. Being put into the perspective as a soldier in Iraq, The Hurt Locker appears to be clearly against the war and meets the issue head-on of what the definition of terrorism is to us. Watching the film, it is noticeable that the story represents those of men fighting the war on terrorism in Iraq. Although, it does not mention anything about politics or government during this time. The movie gives us a clear perspective of the Iraq War through the eyes of soldiers in a bomb squad. “The Hurt Locker.” IMDb, IMDb.com, www.imdb.com/title/tt0887912/?ref_=nv_sr_1.
In 2003, Jeremy Corbyn gave a rousing speech to thousands of protesters at an anti-Iraq War rally in central London. Corbyn told the crowd and other world leaders supporting the war "are isolated and alone and desperately searching for friends", and added; "Because there is no justice whatsoever in the planned war against Iraq." He made great points that "Thousands more deaths in Iraq will not make things right.” "It will set off a spiral of conflict, of hate, of misery, of desperation that will fuel the wars, the conflict, the terrorism, the depression and the misery of future generations." Whenever you do something at the Palestinian, they will do something back at you. The deaths in Afghanistan brought back none of those who died in the World Trade Center. After watching this speech, Jeremy Corbyn made several astounding points. Examples are, “Numerous countries saying no to war in Iraq” and “Why spend money on a war that no one wants.” From my understanding of his speech, it seems that this war was only because of a scare that hit the U.S. We are misinterpreting everything, but this war will “help America” or “help ourselves”. We have way more major issues surrounding our country, and the world alike. Saddam Hussein is not posing a true threat to our country. We are wasting lives over a pointless matter. StoptheWarCoalition. “Jeremy Corbyn Speaking at Biggest Protest in UK History against Iraq War.” YouTube, Youtube.com, 20 Aug. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs9NfhnfQLc.