The paper "Was The Iraqi War-Operation Iraqi Freedom Legal or Illegal under International Law" is a great example of politics coursework. The Bush administration claimed that Sadaam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, and he was certain of this because Sadaam had previously used those weapons against the Kurds. The neo-conservatives within the Bush administration portrayed Iraq as an extremely volatile place, and Sadaam Hussein as a dangerously unstable individual, who was capable of unleashing his weapons of mass destruction against his neighbors in the middle east, and the world at large.
George Bush and his merry band of neocons attempted to bully the UN Security Council into granting the US permission to wage war in Iraq. The Security Council rebuked the request, stating that, they had not been presented with any substantiated proof that such weapons, as were being alleged by the Bush Administration, existed in Iraq. As a consequence, the UN Security Council dispatched its team of weapons inspectors to search the country for the alleged weapons of mass destruction. This paper will highlight the maneuvering of the neo-conservatives in their unyielding attempt to launch an attack against Iraq; it will introduce the warnings which were issued by the various international courts of law; notifying both George Bush and Tony Blair, about the standing and possible consequences of launching a military attack on a sovereign country without provocation.
Additionally, it will point out the arrogance of the neo-conservatives in imposing their perceptive will on the world order. Also, it will deal with the events and commentaries surrounding the UN Security Councils position on the issuance of a resolution for an article of war. Being president of the United States provides the individual who occupies the office with the prerogative of power.
However, one must walk the fine line between legality, illegality and public opinion. Whereas an illegal act could result in impeachment, and an unpopular act, could result in a reelection defeat. These three variables narrow the prerogative and hold the politician keen to discretion. So was the Iraq war, a war of necessity, or a war of choice? If it were a war of necessity, then it stands to reason that it was a legal war, but if it were a war of choice, does that in and of itself, make it illegal?
Subsequent to an examination of the facts surrounding the situation we should have an appropriate answer. The Bush Doctrine of preemptive war was explicitly stated in the National Security Council text "National Security Strategy of the United States", President Bush stated on September 20, 2002, "We must deter and defend against the threat before it is unleashed. .. even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy's attack. .. The United States will, if necessary, act preemptively: ” ( Bush 2002). No state is permitted to initiate a pre-emptive attack against another state, without the UN Security Council approval, unless, it has been deemed as an act of self-defence.
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