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09
Apr
03

April 9th, 2003 Saddam statue topples with regime

saddamdown1234Today in Baghdad, the heart of the Iraqi capital, there was a scene that will be remembered by people around the world. In the main square, Iraqi men tried to pull down the statue of Saddam Hussein in “an unprecedented show of contempt for the Iraqi leader.”

It was too hard for the men to pull it down by themselves, so the US troops joined and helped by using an armored vehicle. Before pulling it down, a US soldier climbed up with a US flag and draped the face. The crowd was outraged because it seemed as “a step too far towards American triumphalism,” so the flag was removed and was replaced by the old Iraqi flag.

The US Central Command spokesman said that, “with every day that passes, we are breaking the grip of the rsaddam-statue-190308_20527segime.”

I feel bad for Saddam who is currently hiding somewhere. I wouldn’t want to see a statue of mine being pulled down by my people. It seems like US soldiers and Iraqi people are bonding together against Saddam. I would feel horrible if a foreign troop pulls down a George Washington statue, but since Iraqi people were pulling the statue themselves at first, I think there is nothing to criticize about it except for the flag.

When I read about a US soldier putting up a US flag, I thought it was controversial. When the troops entered, they removed the flags on the guns because they were here as a “liberator,” but what is up with putting up the flag? I would have been outraged like the most of the Iraqi crowd who were watching the scene.

I think this happening was very symbolic. I hope we find Saddam quickly and bring him down like the statue. I also hope that US army and Iraqi people work together until the end. It seems like the relationship between them is nice and trustful.

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/9/newsid_3502000/3502633.stm

21
Mar
03

March 21th, 2003 U.S. Cities 1991 U.N. Cease-Fire Resolution as the Legal Basis for Its Invasion

 

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The official reason for declaring war against Iraq is because it broke the resolution adopted after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Iraq could not have a “regime change.” Negroponte wrote “Iraq had repeatedly refused to respond to diplomatic overtures, economic sanctions and other peaceful means designed to bring about compliance with its obligation to disarm and allow inspections of its weapons programs.” He also wrote that military action was necessary to defend the U.S. and the world from the threat by Iraq and “to restore international peace and security in the area.”

There were too many technical words, so I couldn’t understand the article fully, but it seems like United States gave a lot of chances to Iraq before it declared a war. I don’t get why Iraqi leaders didn’t agree to the peace talks. U.S. is much more powerful than Iraq, so the defeat of Iraq is obvious.

I feel like the article is overreacting on some parts. It said that Iraq was a threat, so U.S. had to defend itself and the world from it. I didn’t even know about Iraq before the war. I don’t think Iraq would have been a great threat to the world. The Iraqi leaders would have been a threat to the common people of Iraq, but I don’t think it would have affected other foreign people.

Negroponte promised “to take all reasonable precautions to avoid civilian casualties.” The war seems to be started for a good cause, but the good cause may lead to bad outcome. I hope that doesn’t happen, and one way to prevent that is to protect the civilians. They should not be punished in any way just because of their race. They have nothing to do with the leader’s choices. They are just common people who have rights to enjoy their freedom and feel safe.

 

http://articles.latimes.com/2003/mar/21/news/war-reasons21

20
Mar
03

March 20th, 2003 Bid to Assassinate Saddam

 

march 20 2President George Bush declared war on Iraq officially today. He said, “we will accept no outcome but victory.” The goal of this war is to assassinate Saddam, the Iraqi leader, and his sons and lieutenants. The ultimate mission is basically “to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world against a grave threat.” US launched attacks to only “selected targets,” and the agents are trying to persuade Iraqi commanders to surrender before the war.

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I’ve never anything about Iraq until I read this article. It sounds like the Iraqi dictator Saddam used brutal methods to gain power and to control people. I hope the US army tries its best to help the country without too much bloodshed.

The article talked about how when the soldiers entered the country, they took the US flags off their gun turrets because they were “entering Iraq as an army of liberation, not domination.” I love that quote. I feel like this war will be different than the previous wars in we were involved in. We’re not trying to take advantage of it. We’re just trying to prevent a disaster before it happens.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/mar/20/iraq.jamesmeek