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The Middle East has traditionally been important for the world economy. The Middle East situation today has an impact on all aspects of life in America and much of the world.

Only by understanding the motivations of the various factions in the Middle East can we hope to understand how to promote peace and national security for Middle Eastern nations, Europe, and the United States.

Jan 25, 2010

Very often governments commit organized acts of terrorism to implement their foreign policy. They manufacture reasons to justify their interference or their attacks on other countries. Historically, such type of terrorism has always existed between dominant and subordinate countries.

A recent act of terrorism was the invasion of Iraq (March 3, 2003). President George W. Bush used false intelligent CIA reports stating that Iraq possessed WMD. He further maintained that Iraq would be an eminent threat to USA security despite the fact that Iraq was not connected to the 9/11 attack. He lied to the American people and misled them to justify the invasion of Iraq.

President Bush hidden agenda behind the Iraqi invasion was actually to control Iraqi oil. The Iraqi oil reserve is second to Saudi Arabia.Furthermore, he wanted to assure the safety of Israel. Iraq was the only potential future power in the Middle East region that could threaten Israel. He himself, after the Iraqi invasion, admitted that no WMD were found in Iraq, but that the invasion “made Israel safer”.

The consequences of the Iraq invasion were catastrophic. The oil was not secured for American oil companies. Furthermore, 3,364 American soldiers died in vain and 30,000 were wounded. In addition, many soldiers were mentally affected. This is reflected in the high rate of suicides and divorces among veterans.

Two prominent American economists, Professor J. Stiglitz of Columbia University and Professor L. Blimes of Harvard University, estimated the financial cost of the Iraqi war to the American tax- payers to be more than $3 trillions.
According to a British medical journal ‘Lancet’ and the School of Public Health at John Hopinks University, 1.2 million Iraqi civilians were killed during the war (9/18/2007).

A further calamity to Iraq was the destruction of its economy and its infrastructure, which resulted in 50% unemployment among Iraqis.

A global catastrophe, however, resulting from this war was the training and recruitment of terrorists to attack the US and other western countries. Prior to the war there was no such training or recruitment in Iraq.

One should add here that the USA helped the Iranian government when it removed Saddam Hussein who fought a proxy war against Iran on behalf of the US when Iran kook 400 Americans as hostages.

The moral here is that some members of the Bush administration should be tried for war crimes. In addition, one should not deny the fact that the majority of the members of Congress are also responsible for the catastrophic results of the Iraqi war because they approved Bush’s war act without any federal investigations.

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