The Theory Of Liberalism In The Invasion Of Iraq

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Nick Sherman
Professor Asal
Political science 102
9/27/16
In the wake of 9/11 The United States, The United Kingdom, and many other nations formed a coalition against the Ba’athist regime of Saddam Hussein. The coalition force invaded in 2003 to overthrow Saddam’s dictatorship and establish a democratic state in the Middle East. Although in some instances realism can describe the invasion of Iraq, the theory of Liberalism best describes the invasion because of liberal notions such as collective security and the belief that cooperation can lead to beneficial outcomes to all involved. “Liberalism holds that human nature is basically good and that people can improve their moral and material conditions, thus making social progress” (Mingst and Arreguin-Toft, 83). According to Liberal theory States, nongovernmental groups, and international organizations are the most important actors. (Mingst and Arreguin-Toft, 88). Collective effort and cooperation between states is the best way to
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“There is an international moral imperative for humanitarian intervention-to oust evil leaders and install democratic regimes.” (Mingst and Arreguin-Toft, 76). The Liberal theory best describes why a country would go to war for Humanitarian reasons. Realism simply doesn’t explain why the United States would invade Iraq for these reasons. “How do we know he had programs for developing weapons of mass destruction? Because he had gassed the Kurds.” (Horowitz, 2013). Saddam’s genocide against the Kurds and his repeated attacks against his own people is enough for people who support the Liberal international relations theory to invade Iraq. “The fact that many liberals believed that Saddam’s regime had acquired, or was close to acquiring, weapons of mass destruction only added to the urgency of the regime change.” (Mingst and Arreguin-Toft,

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