Use of False Analogies in Public Discourse Concerning the Iraq War

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" Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waiver," said President George W. Bush in favor of the Iraq War of 2003. When considering the rhetoric used by those to gain support for the war and by those to oppose the war, it is clear that both sides tried to use historical analogy to argue for their side. While the proponents of the war argued that the Iraq War was comparable to World War II, the opponents argued that it was comparable to Vietnam. Both of these sides used this kind of rhetoric among many other tools, to persuade people to support their side by asserting that if they want to avoid another Hitler, or another Vietnam, then they should support their …show more content…
Thus, when examining the pre-Iraq war analogies, the criterion of a sound analogy is not met by either side of the debate.

The proponents of the Iraq War argued that Saddam Hussein is comparable to Adolf Hitler in pre-WWII Germany. Speaking at the U.S. Air Force Academy, President George W. Bush made a comparison to Iraq and WWII. "Like the Second World War, our present conflict began with a ruthless surprise attack on the United States," Bush said "We will not forget that treachery, and we will accept nothing less than victory over the enemy" (CNN 2004).

The proponents argued that Hitler and Saddam Hussein were powerful dictators who oppressed their own people and wanted to take over other countries. They argued that if Hitler had been stopped the first time he invaded a country, he would have never been able to cause a World War. Therefore, they also argued that if Saddam Hussein is not stopped, then he will become the next Hitler and start a World War or a conflict in the Middle East region. It was also argued that the occupation of Iraq would be similar to reconstruction of Germany and Japan after WWII, and the U.S. soldiers would be welcomed as liberators. In fact, the Bush administration championed many of these arguments to make the Iraq War look better (Palm Beach Post 2004).

Upon examining these arguments, it is very easy to

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