What Started The War In Iraq?


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Dan Banks answered

The invasion of Iraq in 2003, known as Operation Iraqi Freedom, was started by a coalition of countries, acting without a UN security resolution, and with the aim of removing Saddam Hussein from power. 

The four countries that committed troops to the invasion from the start were the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland. 

The reasons why the coalition invaded Iraq were as follows:

  • To disarm Iraq of all weapons of mass destruction, to prevent these weapons ending up in the hands of terrorists.
  • To end Saddam Hussein's support of Al Qaeda and other anti-western terrorist networks.
  • To free the oppressed Iraqi people, and to end the human rights violations of the governing Ba'ath  party.
  • To consolidate American military power in the region.
  • To capture the Iraqi oil fields.

In 2005, in a leaked report by the CIA, it was confirmed that the coalition had not found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Furthermore, it is now widely accepted that Saddam Hussein's regime had little or nothing to do with Al Qaeda and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

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The Iraq war, begun in 2003, has been justified using several different reasons. 

One of the primary causes was the fear of Saddam Hussein housing weapons of mass destruction in the country, as the Iraqi leader had repeatedly failed to disclose their number and location. 
In 2002 it was revealed that Tony Blair had agreed to support US President George W. Bush in an invasion of Iraq, with the aim of removing Hussein from power. 
Despite a UN investigation and a refusal to support a US-led attack on Iraq, the United States issued an ultimatum on March 17, 2003 to Hussein. When this was not met, a formal declaration of war against Iraq was made on March 20, with the support of Great Britain. 
Bush has also argued that Hussein refused to conform to policies on human rights, and was involved in terrorist activity following the first Gulf War in the early 1990s. 
A large amount of criticism has been made of the US for declaring war despite a lack of support from the UN and other countries. The subsequent failure to locate WMDs and the high death tolls and civilian casualties in the region have led others to suggest that the US invaded Iraq as part of a longer plan to consolidate oil power in the Middle East.
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Why did the Iraq war even start?
The biggest reason that the USA went to war with Iraq was that we believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. We then feared that these weapons would fall into the hands of terrorist. 

Then the UN (United Nations) demanded that Iraq stop their production of all chemical, biological, nuclear, and all long-range missiles. And if they already had any, they were to be destroyed immediately. 
The UN then sent in investigation groups to seek out these weapons of mass destruction. The US Congress stated that this war was only carried out to end the war on terror.
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In my thinking, I believe that U.S. wanted oil for their own sake, and probably underestimated their enemy. They probably thought that Iraq was an easy target. 

I know 9/11 had occurred and that affected many citizens' thinking. I was terrified, too, when I saw the buildings failing on TV. But we just can't think of that - Iraq is not the bastard here. The U.S. backstabbed on Iraq. 

First of all why do Britain control Iraq borders and others? Are they part of Britain? I believe not. 

In the beginning, the U.S. supported Iraq and listed them as NON TERRORISTS to go against Iran. When Iraq didn't agree to the borderlines that Britain had offered, the U.S. decided to switch sides. 

Britain and the U.S. have a close relationship because of WWII. 

Iraq claimed that Kuwait was their land - if Iraq gets Kuwait they'll probably own mostly all the oil that is needed by many countries. That is when U.S. decided to be the person saying that " We'll be the nice person to stop Iraqi terrorism" 

All of this is for oil, that is what I believe started the Iraq war. 

Now back to 9/11. What proof does anyone have that 9/11 revolves around Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden? The "news" has made it seem that it is them.

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Yo Kass , Oil consumer, answered

The only reason war was waged in Iraq was because the Saudi royal family and oil companies affiliated with the Bush administration wanted to make sure we all kept paying $100 for a barrel of oil.

What's worse is that, in a kind of twisted way - we should all be grateful they did!

What was the war in Iraq all about?

Before I reveal all the real reasons for the war, I have to say that I hate answering questions like this.

I participated in a debate about the Iraq War at university, and despite winning - all I felt was frustration.

Frustration at the fact that people seem bored by hearing people 'bringing up the war in Iraq again', and frustrated that people can't see how the war in Iraq is still very relevant to economic and political policies today.

And I'm also frustrated by the fact that the real reason behind the war is so complex and outlandish - that whenever I try to discuss it, people inevitably assume I'm spouting some sort of X-Files conspiracy theory rhetoric.

In effect, the US administration (and its "coalition of the willing") have performed an act so abhorrent and illegal that it has actually had what I like to call the 'Mrs. Trunchbull effect'.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Roald Dahl story Matilda, Mrs. Trunchbull was an evil headmistress who abused the children of her school in such horrible ways that - even when the kids mustered up the courage to tell the truth about what had happened to them - their parents didn't believe them, because their tales sounded too insane to be true.

That's kind of what happened in Iraq. The motives behind the invasion of Iraq are so wacky that you kind of have to admire Bush and Co. For pulling it off!

9/11, Al Qaeda, Sadaam and Ozombie

The trickiest part of convincing people of the truth behind the Iraq war always hinges around 9/11.

Rather than avoid this issue, I'm going to try and tackle it first.

A scarily-large number of people still think we invaded Iraq to 'kick some terrorist butt'. Whilst they're right in thinking that 9/11 and Iraq are connected, what people struggle to understand is how.

Let me try and break it down:

Iraq had very little involvement with international terrorism until the Iraq war. None of the 9/11 hijackers were from Iraq, but 15 of them were from Saudi Arabia.

If you don't believe me, check out the Wikipedia page.

So, if you want to blame any particular country for 9/11, Saudia Arabia is the one to point the finger at.

Inconveniently, the Saudi Royal Family and the Saudi Ambassador to the US were great friends of George Bush at the time.

Here's a picture of them making out, in fact:

Why was Bush so close to the Saudis? And why was he picking on Iraq? 

Simples. Iraq wasn't playing the game with the US and Saudi Arabia.

Bush and the American administration don't hate scary Middle Eastern men, they really like them and make business deals with them all the time.

What actually links Saudi Arabia, Bin Laden, and the US administration is a common goal: Maintaining stable oil prices.

Bin Laden was born into a very wealthy family, whose net-worth is thought to be in the range of $7.2 billion - not exactly the typical background for a terrorist mastermind.

What's even stranger is that many of the Bin Ladens lived in the US (although some had to be flown out of the country for their own safety after the 9/11 attacks).

Bin Laden was also married and divorced several times (which is frowned upon in Islam), and his family's religious devotion is not exactly 'pious' by anyone's standards.

This all makes for a very unlikely Islamist profile - why would a man whose own family don't practise Islam properly be so hell-bent on ridding the world of unbelievers, and spreading Islam?

The truth is that he wasn't. The whole Islam thing is a great way to get people riled up, a clever way to entice men who'd normally be sitting around in caves smoking weed and opium to pick up an AK-47.

It also provided the catalyst for the creation of an Islamophobic frenzy that would justify the killing of anyone who looked like Bin Laden.

These are the kind of scare tactics we were exposed to on Blu Ray and DVD:

Essentially, Bin Laden and his terrorist attacks gave the US permission to impose a sort of global Marshall Law - giving them carte blanche to take military action, even when the UN was completely against it.

Obviously, I can't say that the US directly organised or funded the attacks - but  I would argue that they certainly had the power to influence Al Qaeda, and definitely knew about the organisation and its operations.

Why did Bin Laden get involved in 9/11, and what has that got to do with the war in Iraq?

So what actually motivated Bin Laden to start up Al Qaeda and mastermind the terror attacks that shocked the world?

I remember reading an article about Bin Laden back in 2008. What I read sent shivers down my spine:

Almost 20 years ago, a little known economist named Osama Bin Laden predicted that at $140 a barrel the market economy will collapse. Guess what: It did.

(Source:CuttingEdgeNews, Dec 2008)

And therein lies the real motivation behind 9/11, US involvement in Iraq,  and the rise of Osama Bin Laden.

The US and the Saudis were afraid of fluctuating oil prices. When oil prices soared, this effectively sparked a chain reaction that led to the collapse of the housing market, and of the banks that financed it - the financial effects of which we are still feeling today!

But, back in 1998, when you could fill up your car for a fraction of today's pump prices - the $13 a barrel wasn't giving King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Exxon-Mobil, Halliburton and all the other US companies enough bang for their buck.

This is kind of strange, considering that the US and Saudi Arabia have indirect political control of the world body that governs oil production quotas: OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries).

The official OPEC website defines the organisation as:

"an intergovernmental organization dedicated to stability in and shared control of the petroleum resources around the world".

So why wasn't it doing its job and stablising the world's oil production? Why did prices jump around from $13 a barrel to $140 a barrel?

The answer is this guy:

Iraq holds the world's largest oil reserves. In fact, there's so much oil in Iraq that the future of the world's energy supply probably depends on what's lurking in "that there Iraqi land".

This placed Sadaam Hussein in a unique bargaining position. He effectively controlled the world's economy.

In the 1980's, Bush and secretary of defence Rumsfeld tried to pal up with Hussein, in an attempt to make friends with the guy who controlled the tap.

When the relationship turned sour, America took military action (in Gulf War I), and also imposed sanctions on Iraq.

They honestly had no interest in weapons of mass destruction, or in how Sadaam was treating his population. Hafez Al Assad of Syria was also perpetrating massacres next-door, but no-one even batted an eyelid at that.

So anyone who argues that taking out Sadaam was some sort of humanitarian gesture can go tell that to the 40,000 people who were killed by Assad in one fell swoop, in Hama, Syria in Febuary 1982.

So what did the US want when they invaded Iraq?

Anyone who sees past the whole 'red, white and blue blowing up terrorists and fighting for democracy' facade will tell you that the US wanted oil. Blood for Oil is the slogan that campaigners use.

This isn't strictly accurate.

What the US wanted was to take control of the oil fields and keep the oil in the ground.

Sadaam's response to US sanctions and attacks on his oil fields in the first Gulf War was to ramp up oil production to make more money for himself and his country. He wasn't stopping oil production, he wanted to sell more!

Oil prices shot down, and US and Saudi oil companies became very concerned. Sadaam was effectively devaluing their product and ripping them off.

But, more than that, Sadaam was also a bit of an unpredictable nutcase. Having a guy like that sitting on oil reserves that could shatter the world's economic structure was making life uncertain for a whole lot of people - including you and  me.

So, in a twisted way, we should be kind of grateful that calculating murderers intervened, and took control of oil production - as this has meant economic stability (and thus bread on the table) for a lot of people.

But what did they plan to do with the oil?

Not sell it.

That's right! If the US State Department wanted to privatise and sell off the Iraqi oil fields, it would have happened overnight.

Instead, what they wanted was to block privatisation deals, and make sure oil fields remained under the control of a corrupt and ineffective Iraqi government.

This would bring production to acceptably-low levels, encourage higher global oil prices, and ensure Iraq wasn't kicked out of Saudi-controlled OPEC for breaching production quotas.

The benefits of this were simple: Increased oil revenue for US and Saudi energy companies, and therefore a stabilisation of the economy as a whole.

Although the 125,000 dead Iraqis, the Iraqi population at large, and even the 2000 people who died in the World Trade Center might feel somewhat aggrieved - Sadaam came pretty close to dragging the world's economy into a state of chaos.

US intervention has meant that the global recession wasn't half as bad as it could have been.

This might seem an over-dramatisation, but all becomes clear when you get a sense of just how much oil Iraq actually has.

There is so much oil in Iraq that figures are actively being suppressed.

350 billion barrels of 'proven reserves' is one official figure, but even the Wikipedia page admits that 'instability' in the region means that these figures are based on "2-D seismic data from three decades ago".

I'm no economist, so I can't tell you what impact that amount of oil flooding into the market would have - but I'm pretty sure it wasn't a scenario that governments in the "coalition of the willing" were too keen on.


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Greed started the Iraq war. Think about it - every country has a stock-pile of weapons. Even we do. So you can't say we were really worried. 

Iraq has oil, Congress wants oil - and you thumb down my comment and say I'm wrong, but you're just thinking what they want you to think. 
Every one has weapons. They have the oil we need and didn't want to spend the money for. Because of the increasing supply, and the demand for it, they thought "hey its a small place we can take it down".
Now we are sending our boys out for their greed and they still fill us with false hope and lies.
Bring them home.
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Tony Blair started the Iraq war for Britain, claming the Taliban had weapons of mass destruction, and I think it was a complete waste of our time.

And I mean, c'mon - the time we spent in Iraq, we could have started a war with another country! 
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Bush's idiotic claims against Iraq caused the war, when the real war was only supposed to be against Afghanistan.
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Why does war happen and how does it affect people who have been involved?  How did the Iraq War start and what are its consequences, especially for those who fought?
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Muddassar Memon answered
The most extensively-given reason given for the start of the Iraq war was that the USA believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction which it feared would fall into the hands of terrorists.

The Iraq War is also at times known as the Second Gulf War, and basically is an ongoing war which started with the United States attack on Iraq in the year 2003. 
The US Congress states that the war was carried out to help "prosecute the war on terrorism". The main cause, and motive - as well as the consequences of the war to date - remain controversial.
The subject of Iraq's disarmament reached its peak in 2002-2003, when the present U.S. President George W. Bush insisted on an absolute end to alleged Iraqi manufacture and application of weapons of mass destruction, and that Iraq fulfil UN Resolutions which required UN inspectors to inspect areas where it was believed weapons of mass destruction were being made.
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Anonymous answered
Why did the Iraq war even start?

The biggest reason that the USA went to war with Iraq was that we believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. We then feared that these weapons would fall into the hands of terrorists. 

Then the UN (United Nations) demanded that Iraq stop their production of all chemical, biological, nuclear, and all long-range missiles. And if they already had any, they were to be destroyed immediately. 
The UN then sent in investigation groups to seek out these weapons of mass destruction. The US Congress stated that this war was only carried out to end the war on terror.
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Anonymous answered
The Iraq civil war happened because the Mad Mullahs in Iran take over from the Shah. The US gets kicked out, and they start to secure control of their country. 

Enter Saddam Hussein. He has just recently become "President" of Iraq. He looks over at Iran, and thinks he sees weakness. 
The Iranian army is undergoing some major re-structuring, and Saddam thinks that Iran is weak at the moment. So he attacks Iran's southern part in order to secure the oil fields there. 
Hope this helps you.
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Anonymous answered
Thanks to Saddam Hussein and a group of terrorists crashing into the twin towers, the war was on.
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Kerry B answered
The Iraq war is part  of a larger conflict, a war between the western world (especially Jews) and radical Islamic fundamentalism. It basically started when a group of radical Muslim fundamentalists killed the Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich in 1972. See the following link for details:
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Anonymous answered
I think the war began because terrorists were coming to destroy our country, so our country fought back.
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With lies from the U.S. government, & thick propaganda fed to a gullible, & brainwashed American people by the news media.
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Anonymous answered
It was 9/11. It pissed off Bush so he sent troops in to go kick their ass, but we sort of failed.
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Layla Night answered
It's because the USA was afraid that Iraq would build weapons greater than theirs. So they told them to stop, but they didn't so the U.S. started a war. What people are saying on the comments are lies.

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