American Involvement in Iraq and its Consistency with Canadian Foreign Policy

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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...