Persuasive Essay – War with Iraq
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“By attacking Iraq, the US will invite a new wave of terrorist attacks”
The United States has started the countdown to launch a new war in Iraq. The deployment of 250,000 troops, fighter jets, aircraft carriers and heavy weaponry in the Persian Gulf shows we are on the eve of war, which most commentators say will soon happen. The United States decided to present their own intelligence report before the Security Council, in order to convince the public opinion in America and worldwide that the war is now inevitable, but there are a lot of reasons that explain why the United States should not invade the Iraq. The war we are trying to start will prove two things. First, that American power is overwhelming and irresistible. Second that US is more patient, persevering and much more powerful that the whole Islamic movement. To destroy a highly dispersed global net is something that nobody can do very well. “Bush seeks for an almost complete control in this strategic area of the planet – main oil reserves worldwide -reinforcing the rule and influence of US in world matters, looking for co-opting US peoples behind this counter-revolutionary enterprise” said one of the journalists of CNN.
Invading Iraq will decrease US and world security, putting citizens and soldiers at risk.
A US invasion of Iraq would involve the killing of large numbers of innocent Iraqi civilians. This alone is sufficient reason not to invade. Such killing will increase the number of enemies of the US and also the probability of future acts of terrorism against the US and its allies. In order to control Iraq’s cities during and after an invasion, the US would need to employ a massive ground force. Fighting in urban combat zones would mean that many US soldiers would be killed. A long-term US military occupation of Iraq could face serious resistance, leading to more deaths on both sides.
Invading Iraq will bring hardship to US citizens.
Invading Iraq would require producing armaments and a build-up of military supplies and personnel in the Middle East. This would divert funds away from urgently needed programs for health and education in the United States during this time of economic downturn.
There are insufficient grounds for going to war with Iraq.
The US government has found no evidence of Iraqi government support for Al-Qaeda, the organization believed to have committed the terrorist attacks against the US on September 11, 2001.
Normalizing relations with Iraq will hasten the development and strengthening of democratic institutions and will allow foreign investment and the restoration of the Iraqi economy.
Iraq has been for 12 years in a bad economical situation and the US attack will make things worse for it. An invasion would involve further destruction of Iraq’s infrastructure, thus weakening the prospects for the creation of stable, democratic institutions in Iraq.
Nearly the entire world community is opposed to a US invasion of Iraq. In fact, they fear the reaction in their own countries and the emergence of a strong movement against the war. Only the Iraqi people have the authority to determine what type of government they live under, and how to deal with those who have violated their human rights. Threats are everywhere, even at home. What US wants to prove is that they want to prove that nobody can challenge the US government and get away with it. They want to demolish Saddam Hussein, no matter what he does or what others say, because Saddam Hussein has stood up against the US. There is no time to lose. We have to stop the imperialist war in Iraq before it begins. If we insist on creating more swamps, there will be more mosquitoes, with awesome capacity for destruction.