The main reason why President Bush pushed for the war was the allegation that Iraq has in its hands nuclear weapons that could be use for mass destruction. The Bush Administration, fostering the image of being democracys main sentinel, did not think twice about declaring war against Saddam Husseins autocratic rule. The war would have been justified had the American government really found those nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, until this very moment, no weapon of mass destruction has been found in Iraq.
Sure, Hussein was captured and is now being held in trial for all the atrocities he inflicted on his people, but shouldnt the American government wash its hands off a supposedly Iraqi concern? Saddam Hussein, for all his violence and vileness, is not an American citizen; he did not rule America. Therefore he is only beholden to the Iraqi people. Whatever sins he committed in the past should be decided on by his people and not by the American government.
As a country that perennially spouses freedom and democracy, the American government has a funny way of interfering in the political and economic affairs of other countries. This did not only happen with Iraq. It also happened in countries, such as Mexico, the Philippines and Afghanistan. When the American government sent troops to Iraq, it did not think of the families that would lose their children in the war. It did not even think that the war could have been a futile exercise of power; knowing that those alleged weapons of mass destruction may not have existed after all.
Indeed, lives have been wasted and blood has been shed for a lost cause. Personally, I think that it is only appropriate to question or challenge the official views on the 9/11 attacks, the event that actually jumpstarted the Iraq invasion. This event was used as an excuse by the Bush Administration to go to war at the expense of the American peoples lives and money. Not only this war caused the American people undue grief; it also caused us a lot of embarrassment in the international scene.
We have been called bloodthirsty and war freak by peoples all over the world who have started to question our way of supporting democratic institutions. These are some of the reasons why I think that the United States should not have invaded Iraq on a whim. Or was the invasion pre-planned and the September 11 attacks staged by the Bush Administration itself as often alleged by some scholars? The consequences of this war have left many Americans dumbfounded. Consequently, suspicions about the real purpose of the war have clouded the image of the government.
Was the war really justified? Should we have been better off without the Iraq invasion? I personally think so. War should be handled with utmost calculation and it should be used as a last resort. That the Bush Administration plunged into it without consulting the American people is tantamount to crime. The aftermath of this war has yet to be fully felt is something that every official of the government should be prepared of. In the meantime, let history be the judge.