There is major concern in the western world regarding the possible impending crisis between
the United States of America and Iraq. The American position, presented by President George
W. Bush and his cabinet, has been at the forefront of the world media. Different countries have
taken a stand which is either for or against any kind of military action to be taken by the United
States against Iraq.
American Foreign Policy On Iraq
The American position is that they are, "determined to disarm Iraq, and thereby bring peace to
the world.." After the Persian Gulf War in 1991, the United Nations and Iraq came to an
agreement that Iraq would, "destroy and stop developing all weapons of mass destruction and
long range missiles." The Americans believe that rather than complying with this resolution,
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has continued to create weapons of mass destruction.
Iraq's access to nuclear weapons of mass destruction is not America's only concern, however.
Since the events of September 11, 2001, those both directly and indirectly responsible for the
attacks have been forced to flee to nearby Muslim states. The United States claims that, "Iraq's
government openly praised the attacks." and believes that Iraq is willingly harboring these
perpetrators. Since the United States has been insistent that all associated with these attacks be
found and brought to justice, Iraq must give up these terrorists or the Americans must use force
to find them.
Also, the United States is concerned with Iraq's alleged stockpiling of chemical and biological
weapons. They believe, "Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the
production of biological weapons." and are, "rebuilding and expanding facilities capable of
producing chemical weapons." They also claim that Hussein's regime has created oppression of
many Iraqi civilians, which America claims to consider a...