Brute force led to huge loss of life

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Em­manuel Peek

THE dis­or­der in Iraq has gravely af­fected the wider Mid­dle East.

This in­sta­bil­ity has also con­trib­uted to the worst refugee cri­sis in Europe since the end of World War II.

Un­der the guise of fear of weapons of mass de­struc­tion (WMD), the world was lulled into a false sense of ur­gency, years of in­ves­ti­ga­tions and mon­i­tor­ing had come up with no ev­i­dence that Iraq had WMDs.

Three years later, Bush would ad­mit that Sad­dam did not, in fact, have WMDs.

The war re­sulted in an in­cal­cu­la­ble loss of hu­man life. And one of its “un­in­tended con­se­quences” was the cre­ation of Is­lamic State.

The Iraq war wasn’t an in­no­cent mis­take

The war in Iraq en­tailed the use of brute force that claimed the lives of un­told thou­sands of in­no­cent cit­i­zens and the dis­place­ment of over two mil­lion Iraqis from their homes.

The US de­lib­er­ately dis­man­tled Iraq’s pro­fes­sional army, po­lice forces and se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus, with the in­fra­struc­ture of the coun­try.

The killing and maim­ing of Iraq’s non-com­bat­ant cit­i­zens might be “col­lat­eral dam­age” to the US and its al­lies, but they were the moth­ers, fa­thers, sons, daugh­ters, fam­i­lies, friends and col­leagues of or­di­nary Iraqis.

The Iraq war wasn’t an in­no­cent mis­take.

The US in­vaded Iraq be­cause the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion wanted a war. Glen­wood, Dur­ban

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