The Iraqi War 2003: Justifiable? According to Realist, Liberal, and Marx' Ideologies

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In 2003, American troops entered Iraq; this was the beginning of what the Bush Administration called 'Operation Iraqi Freedom.' The invasion began on March 20th, and is today one of the most debatable topics of political interest. Was the war justified? The American governmental structure relies heavily on realist ideologies, which on many terms back up the war, but liberal and Marxist scholars highly criticize the war, calling it unwarranted, undemocratic, and unjust.

Right after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and the White House, the USA entered Afghanistan and removed the Taliban from power, but the hunt for Osama-Bin-Laden still continues. George Bush justified his actions by saying "This in not an attack on Bin-Laden himself but and attack on world terrorism," and therefore in late 2002 America and its allies began their plans for a second attack, this time with one aim, the removal of the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein.

In the speech made by President Bush, just days before the war, he had what seemed like extensive and credible arguments and reasons justifying the war. After the 9/11 attacks, many American citizens felt personally threatened; at the time, George Bush used this to his advantage. He started off by saying that war was in the name of world democracy. He went even further saying that Saddam Hussein pose an immediate threat to homeland security, he backed this up by saying that the Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax, nerve gas, and nuclear weapons for over a decade, which would pose as a risk for world peace. One can debate just how accurate Bush's information was, and just how much of the speech was just to gain public support.

The Bush Administration may not have the majority of the public...