Comprehensive Argument Analysis Essay

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Axia College Material Appendix E Critical Analysis Forms Fill out one form for each source. Source 1 Title and Citation: A U.S. Invasion of Iraq Is Not Justified | Zunes, Stephen. "A U.S. Invasion of Iraq Is Not Justified." The Nation 275 (30 Sept. 2002): 11. Rpt. in Is Military Action Justified Against Nations Thought to Support Terrorism? Ed. James D. Torr. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2003. At Issue. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 20 Mar. 2011. Document
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| The author uses a rhetorical a hyperbole at the end of the article. He writes “The Arab foreign ministers, aware of such possibilities, warned at their meeting in Cairo that a US. invasion of Iraq would “open the gates of hell.”” “open the gates of hell” is an exaggeration of what would happen if the US invaded Iraq. | 6 | Identify and name any fallacies used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. | The author uses the scare tactic fallacy when he states that “…in the chaos of a US. Invasion and its aftermath, the chances of such weapons being smuggled out of the country into the hands of terrorists would greatly increase.” | 7 | State one argument made by the author. | Zunes makes the argument that a US invasion of Iraq is not justified because the US can not prove that the Iraqi government has an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, supports terrorism or has the desire to attack the US. | 8 | Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument. | The premise “there is no credible evidence that the Iraqi government supports terrorism, has developed an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, or intends to harm U.S. interests through military actions.” The conclusion is “A U.S. invasion of Iraq is not justifies” | 9 | Is the author’s argument valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak? Explain how you determined this. | The author makes a valid, sound and

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