Iraq War

The War in Iraq
      Colin Okie

       At precisely 10:15pm Eastern Time, March 19th, 2003, the President of the United States, George W. Bush, addressed the nation with these words: “My fellow citizens, at this hour American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger” (“Bush” 1).  This declaration began the war in Iraq.  Regardless of the initial objectives of the government for occupying Iraq, the current goal of this war is to fully free the Iraqi people from the fatal grip of its once de facto dictator, Saddam Hussein, and the subsequent installation of a democratic government.  Since the inception of this war, there have been many critics, those who support the war efforts and those who oppose them.  Even now, almost three years later, the critiques of this war and its effects on the livelihood of people around the world continue to stir, what seems to be, an unrelenting debate on whether this war is imperative and just, or unnecessary and even malicious.  Today, a plethora of evidence has been collected, and the facts concerning whether this war is maintaining its intended effectiveness--or has become an unintended inefficiency-- are, more than ever, being analyzed, evaluated, and strewn across the global media firmament.  However, although the incalculable amount of critics from both sides of the spectrum continues to bombard the average viewer with self-supposed opinions, hypotheses, and ‘righteous proclamations’ about the validity and overall effects of the war in Iraq, there is evidence supporting both views. The examination of this evidence from both sides of the argument will help to clarify and extrapolate the current conditions of Iraq and how the war is shaping the new, democratic Republic of Iraq. 

      A little more than two and a half years after the occupation of Iraq by the U.S. and Coalition forces, the Iraqi people, on October 15,...