Brute force led to huge loss of life
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