2003 Invasion Of Iraq Essay

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“Jus ad bellum” is Latin for the “right to war.” There were many significant and varied perspectives about the United States’ “right to war” in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Several groups of people agreed with the pending start of the Iraq war, while many others opposed the imminent invasion. These groups of people strongly demonstrated their standings on the issue. France and Germany, known allies of the United States, were outwardly opposed to the invasion. Other countries, such as England supported the United States in its plan to invade. Next, civilians around the world showed their disagreement with the potential invasion while others showed their agreement with the invasion. The key assumption driving those who favored the war was that …show more content…
There were multiple protests against the war in a multitude of countries all over the world. “About 15,000 rallied in Athens...In Montreal, about 250,000 people marched through the streets shouting antiwar slogans...About 100,000 people demonstrated in Berlin... 50,000 demonstrators gathered in the Place de la Nation in Paris…” (New York Times) Civilians from Japan and Mexico among some other countries also protested. The people were in turmoil and the United States government didn’t listen, which demonstrates that George Bush and the United States may not have been justified in starting the 2003 invasion of Iraq. However, contrary to the anti-war mentality of some of the people from these countries, there were also civilians who showed their support of Bush in that invading Iraq was the right choice. In a USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll, taken just days before the invasion, the popular American point of view was proven. “By a 2-to-1 ratio, Americans favor invading Iraq with U.S. ground troops to remove Saddam Hussein from power.” (USA Today) The majority of Americans were in favor of the invasion of Iraq. They thought it was important to remove Hussein from power because if he stayed in power, the safety of thousands could potentially have been jeopardized. (CNN) Civilians’ opinions on the imminent invasion of Iraq were split; thousands …show more content…
Some of America’s allies, like Germany and France, refused to be involved, or to help the United States in the invasion. However, other allies, like England, supported America in their invasion. Though many people throughout the world were opposed to the invasion and protested for peace, there were also many people who agreed with the invasion. Also, even though the UNMOVIC and IAEA organizations, who conducted searches for WMD in Iraq, came back with no evidence of said weapons, people were still in fear that Hussein was hiding WMD. Some groups believed that the United States was not justified in the initiation of the Iraq war but some believe that The United States was justified; opinions were split in determining if there was “jus ad bellum” before the 2003 invasion of

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