Greedy Politics and America’s War On Iraq Essay

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On the morning of March 19, 2003, U.S.-led forces began to invade the Middle-Eastern country of Iraq with the intention of overthrowing its leader, Saddam Hussein. This action was taken primarily as a result of U.S. President George W. Bush’s long-standing contention that the Iraqi regime was a direct threat to the United States. Bush outlined his reasons for the attack in a speech he delivered to the American people in the days before the war:

Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. This regime has already used weapons of mass destruction against Iraq's neighbors and against Iraq's people.
The regime has
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The basic definition (as given by the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language) is “Devotion to the interests or culture of one's nation.” Unfortunately, this definition is far too vague to spark a discussion on current events, and thus, a deeper analysis of nationalist mentality is required.

In May of 1945, just before the end of World War II, George Orwell wrote an essay entitled “Notes on Nationalism” which was very much a criticism of nationalist ideals. At the time, Orwell had every reason to discuss nationalism in a bad light, as it was the primary tool used by Germany and Japan in the late 1930s and early ‘40s to fuel support for their invasions of neighboring lands, and plans for subsequent world domination. Orwell defines nationalism as “the habit of identifying oneself with a single nation or other unit, placing it beyond good and evil and recognizing no other duty than that of advancing its interests” (362). Orwell’s definition is brash, particularly in connection with 9/11, but it is useful here because it puts the basic idea of nationalism into the hands of the individual rather than an entire nation. The ideals of a nation can only truly be defined by its people; however it is often the case that a few people end up determining the ideals for many. In this case, the American nationalist mentality that

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