Everts, Philip; Isernia, Pierangelo
June 2005
Public Opinion Quarterly;Summer2005, Vol. 69 Issue 2, p264
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the downfall of the regime of Iraq's ex-president Saddam Hussein. The article describes how the Iraqi threat was perceived and then moves to the central question of whether war was the appropriate course of action. While there was a general perception in the United States that Iraq was a threat, people differed in their views of how immediate this threat was. Majorities felt, even in the months just before armed conflict began, that the United States was faced with a long-term rather than an immediate threat. Several arguments have been offered to justify the recourse to war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. There are three variants of Hussein-as-threat that are frequently mentioned--first, his human rights record and threat to the people of Iraq and surrounding countries; second, his alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction and his apparent willingness to use them; and third, his alleged links to international terrorism and to the Al Qaeda group in particular. All three, together or separately, provided the U.S. President George W. Bush's administration's rationale for the war.


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