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Iraq War

N. approval. As we shall now see, these reasons do not justify the U.S. waging military action against Iraq without full U.N. consent.

Points of Argument (Reasons & Evidence)

a) The U.S. should not act without U.N. consent because of growing domestic and international suspicion about U.S. motives. In France, Germany and other nations popular support for military action is low. Only 15% of French voters and 20% of German voters support military action against Iraq (McGeary 36). Demonstrations opposing military action both domestically and internationally have been growing in number, with many viewing the Bush agenda for war as suspect. As one journalist describes, “He wants control of Iraq’s oil; he wants a quick war to enhance his re-election prospects in 2004; he wants to avenge his dad” (McGeary 36).

b) The U.N. lacks full support of member nations with respect to U.S. military action against Iraq. U.N. foreign-policy chief Javier Solana warned that “without proof that Saddam harbors banned weapons, it would be very difficult to support the war” (McAllister 15). Many member nations are still opposed to military intervention believing the purpose of the U.N. is the resolution of differences through negotiation and diplomacy.

C) The U.S. claims Iraq is guilty of wanting to build nuclear weapons and that this is a scenario that must not be allowed. However, the U.S. argues that military action is needed because of this. Yet the U.S.


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