Situation in iraq

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As the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan winds down, should Iraq become

"phase two" in the war against global terrorism? Bush warns that Saddam

Hussein's arsenal of mass destruction and his fanatic hatred of the United States

make him a paramount threat. Others counsel for continued diplomacy and the

return of U.N. weapons inspectors, arguing that an attack on Iraq would

destabilize the Arab world. To support their cases, both sides deploy cherished

assumptions about everything from Saddam Hussein's sanity to the explosive

volatility of the "Arab Street." But a skeptical look at the sound bites suggests that

the greatest risk of attacking Iraq may not be a vengeful Saddam or a

destabilized Middle East but the unraveling of the global coalition against


Some background on The US/Iraq situation:

The first Bush administration should have solved the problem of Saddam

when it had the chance. Everyone would be better off today if the U.S.


had marched into Baghdad and ousted Saddam. But the first Bush

administration's decision to stand down in February 1991 made some sense at

the time. Some of the coalition consisted of Arab country's and they most likely

wouldn't have supported in a US led invasion to topple an Arab nation as well as

the notion that a humiliating defeat would cause a coup de tae by Saddam's

generals. Another mistake was to allow Iraq to use its own helicopters to move

around its leaders and allow them gunships to put down Shiite and Kurd

uprisings.(the Shiite and Kurds are the reason for northern and southern no fly

zones preventing Iraq from attacking them)The reason for this was they feared

the break up of Iraq would destabilize the region. However Saddam didn't unite

Iraq and become in power Iraq was already established when he came...