Iraq War Causes

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The Iraq War, which is known as the Second Gulf War, is a military action led by the United States against the regime of Saddam Hussein, the authoritarian leader of Iraq. American president George W. Bush, who announced the commencement of the war in March 2003, explained that the goals were to free the Iraqi people and claimed that the Iraq government had weapons of mass destruction.(Beirut, 2011)Many factors went into the decision of United States leaders to engage in war with Iraq in 2003. These causes can be related to various purposes based on the righteousness or national interest of the two countries. This paper will explain and discuss the causes of Iraq war which involve protecting homeland security and maintenance of peace, and protecting …show more content…
On September 11, 2001, after the 9-11 terrorist attack on the twin towers in 2001, the American government tried to defend itself against any potential attack which may happen in the future. The main target for America was Afghanistan, in particular the Taliban, which was the main perpetrator of 9-11. After the invasion of Afghanistan, America realized that the 9-11 attack showed that some countries could support and provide terrorist organizations with weapons of mass destruction. So it was high time that the American government turned its sight to the next most threatening nation which was …show more content…
It’s true that the American government provides soldiers with jobs to defend their own country, which is a glory for them. However, after the war, these soldiers have to face a new battle—their mental health. Looking back through history, there have been numerous cases of soldiers suffering about nightmares and emotional problems that are related to the effects of war. These things are known as Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD). According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that 's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.”(Eric, 2014) These soldiers who returned from the war with PTSD could have a hard time sleeping and concentrating. They might be irritable and impatient. So it could be difficult for them to adapt to social lives and work environments. What’s more, the family relationship could be seriously affected. Soldiers’ entire life and their families could suffer very much. The soldiers theirselves might feel guilty about what they were required to do and what they saw. The families might not accept killers as their spouses or parents. So a question arises: how do they adapt to the society and are accepted by the society after the war? All in all, the psychological problems by the

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