Looking Back — Part 2
This blog entry continues the series on looking back on the Iraq War.
The war efforts really began in about August 2002 when more and more British and U.S. planes started patrolling over air space of Iraq, despite it being no-fly zones. The purpose of this was to reduce the effectiveness of Iraq’s air defense system so that it was more vulnerable when troops invaded.
It was in October 2002 that the Senate voted on whether to use troops to invade Iraq (called the Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Forces Against Iraq). Many were persuaded to vote in favor because they were told that Iraq had means to be able to attack the Eastern shores of the U.S. and had the ability to use both chemical and biological weapons using unmanned aerial vehicles. Believing this information to be true, the resolution passed. This basically made it legal for the U.S. to invade Iraq.
When arguing for the resolution to pass, the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 was cited. This act was signed by President Bill Clinton. This act said that the United States promoted a change in the regime of Iraq (headed by Saddam Hussein) as well as supporting having a democratic government to be established.
In February 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the UN that Iraq was potentially preparing for biological warfare by stockpiling anthrax and botulism toxin. At first, other counties including France supporting military action, but in the end, France, Germany, and Canada opposed the invasion of Iraq. Even former President Bill Clinton recommended against military action as stated in his speech in October 2002. Between January and April 2003, around 36 million people all across the entire planet held close to 3,000 protests against the war.
Despite these protests and the evidence from investigators at the UN that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction, President Bush and his administration were determined to invade believing it to be essential for the safety of the American people as well as other citizens around the world.
To be continued.
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