Daniel Halliday
Feb 10 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
What can we learn from the Iraq War?
The Iraq War started in 2003 when a coalition of US, UK and other forces invaded Iraq with the intent of toppling the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. However 15 years of violence followed and the country remains unstable with a large insurgent presence in the country. What lessons can be taken from this conflict?
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Coalitions should be voted for, investigated, and headed by the UN.
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Toppling dictatorships causes power vacuums
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Coalitions should be voted for, investigated, and headed by the UN.

It is unquestionable that the Iraq war cost hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian’s lives, thousands of American soldier’s lives, and nearly one trillion dollars, as well as facilitating a larger spread of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East. This was all despite the fact that the invasion violated international conventions, articles 41 and 42 of the UN charter, and this is all despite leading scholars warning of a rise insurgency and terrorism, and the links to al-Qaeda and weapons of mass destruction being debunked. Therefore, future military coalition forces should ALWAYS be voted on by the UN, full investigated prior to the start of operations, and run as a UN peacekeeping force. Anything that doesn’t operate in this way should be recognised as an infringement of international law and guilty parties should be held accountable by the International Criminal Court. commondreams.org/views/2010/09/11/iraq-democrats-war

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Toppling dictatorships causes power vacuums

The Iraq War was started for various reasons, many of which were consequently proven to be inaccurate, but ultimately the true aim was to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime. However, just as with Libya years later, deposing a dictator, with such a long history of using authoritarian power to subdue a divided population, can release a level of inter-community violence that is hard to control. In the case of Iraq there was an explosion of hostility between Sunni and Shia factions, and with the addition of US coalition mismanagement of the situation, some have even labelled this post war period as a sectarian civil war in Iraq.

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