International Essay

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Nicolette Y. Sharp Professor Vendulka Kubalkova International Studies 101 28 March 2013 International Relations From a Realist Perspective. Realism is a theory of international relations that defines the international system in terms of power. Countries will act according to self-interests, and will justify the use of force to insure its survival in a state of global anarchy. I believe the United States’ decision to invade Iraq gives evidence to the realist theory of international relations. In 2003 the United States decided to invade Iraq under false assumptions and without the support of the international community. The United States justified the war by assuming Iraq had weapons of mass destructions and that those weapons would soon be in the hands of the terrorist organization, Al Qaeda. In 2002 the United Nations unanimously passed Resolution 1441, which stated that Iraq was in a current state of material breach of UN resolutions. Resolution 1441 also called for Iraq to disarm and to allow complete access for inspection by the United Nations Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). After inspections were completed and no evidence was found to support the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, as stated in the UNMOVIC report, the U.S. and Britain still made the case that the invasion of Iraq was necessary. Former President George W. Bush said in speech to the U.N. General Assembly—“My nation will work with the UN security council to meet our common challenge. If Iraq's regime defies us again, the world must move deliberately, decisively to hold Iraq to account.” The U.S invasion of Iraq is a display of anarchy in the international community and a display of weakness of international law. The United States felt the pressure of not wanting to appear weak in the eyes of the global

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