So diplomatically we make a serious mistake by doing this. But no one seriously claimed before the war that the Saddam Hussein government was planning imminent mass killing, and no evidence has emerged that it was.
Congress should assume its responsibility, because war is declared by Congress, not by a President and not by a U. What about communist China, where they have in the past forced women to have abortions? In noting that prosecution was not tried before war, we recognize that the U.
In the absence of international consensus on the conditions for such intervention, governments inevitably are going to abuse the concept, as the United States has done in its after-the-fact efforts to justify the Iraq war.
Please direct any inquiries regarding the specifics of the article to the author. Human Rights Watch ordinarily takes no position on whether a state should go to war.
Such disregard for civilian life is incompatible with a genuinely humanitarian intervention. In principle, one can only welcome this renewed concern with the fate of faraway victims. Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, Sierra Leone - these interventions, to varying degrees justified in humanitarian terms, were dismissed as products of an unusual interlude between the tensions of the Cold War and the growing threat of terrorism.
Security Council resolutions, and its alleged connection with terrorist networks. First, we are aware of, but reject, the argument that humanitarian intervention cannot be justified if other equally or more needy places are ignored.
The Standards for Humanitarian Intervention Unusual among human rights groups, Human Rights Watch has a longstanding policy on humanitarian intervention.
We have interviewed witnesses and survivors, exhumed mass graves, taken soil samples to demonstrate the use of chemical weapons, and combed through literally tons of Iraqi secret police documents. But their record in attacking mobile targets of opportunity was mixed. If not, it is important to say so as well, since allowing the arguments of humanitarian intervention to serve as a pretext for war fought mainly on other grounds risks tainting a principle whose viability might be essential to save countless lives.
There are other reports, even from within the Bush administration, saying the war is actually attracting many terrorists into Iraq from outside countries.
Human Rights Watch has periodically contributed to this debate as well, including with this essay, and various academic writers have offered their own views. Our God-given survival instinct is a powerful thing.
The above-noted International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty was one important effort to define these parameters. Better Rather than Worse Another factor for assessing the humanitarian nature of an intervention is whether it is reasonably calculated to make things better rather than worse in the country invaded.
There is no guarantee that prosecution would have worked, and one might have justified skipping it had large-scale slaughter been underway. Still, in Marchwhen the war was launched, the U. An indictment, of course, is not the same as arrest, trial, and punishment.A Look at the Movement Against the US War in Iraq by Ron Jacobs In the fall of and into the early weeks of millions of people around the world protested the anticipated US-led war.
This argument could go on indefinitely, for there are many more arguments against the war. Iraq has not only been a failure, it was wrong to enter in the first place. Our problems simply will not be solved by war.
Just a few years ago, with American and allied troops still in Iraq in significant numbers, the sectarian violence and terrorism that had plagued the country for years had begun to slow down. There are, of course, excellent arguments against the war. The best is that it was carried out in crisis management mode, without any real attempt to.
The Iraq War (America’s second war with Iraq, the first being the conflict that followed Iraq's invasion of Kuwait) continued to be a rancorous and controversial topic years after the US ceded control of the country to the Iraqi civilian government.
Aug 31, · Arguments Against a War in Iraq () Finally, there is a compelling moral argument against war in Iraq. Military force is justified only in self-defense; naked aggression is the province of dictators and rogue states.
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American military involvement would inflame, not ease, Iraq’s sectarian divisions. (–91), the brutal US-led sanctions against.Download