Counterpoint: Defeating Saddam Hussein

Clouthier, Kris
March 2017
Points of View: Iraq;9/30/2016, p6
This article presents an argument in favor of the United States-led war in Iraq. On August 2, 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded the oil-rich country of Kuwait, Iraq's neighbor to the south, and soon after, the United Nations authorized a coalition, led by the U.S., to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. By April 1991, Hussein signed a cease-fire agreement with the UN that required him to meet a series of obligations, among other things, he pledged to fully disclose and end all programs to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Hussein did not meet any of his obligations to the UN, and after 12 years of failed diplomatic efforts to force him to comply, it appears he never intended to. When the coalition invaded Iraq in 2003, UN resolutions authorizing the U.S. and its allies to use force to rid Iraq of WMD were still in effect. Indeed, the Gulf War never really ended. Other nations have WMD capabilities, but Hussein's regime was unique in its willingness to use them. Rather than standing by and waiting for tragedy, the U.S.-led coalition removed Hussein's outlaw regime from Iraq, and, today, the Iraqi people no longer live under a brutal dictatorship.


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