Iraq Preemptive War Analysis

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The war with Iraq has begun. For the first time in years the United States of America has gone to war with someone without being forced into it. Forced into it? What do I mean? This is probably the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue. To answer this I will reference World War II. The United States of America was forced into World War II out of its ‘isolation state’ when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. We went into this conflict with a reason, a purpose—to make sure the Japanese and its allies paid for the act of terrorism that they brought upon the United States of America. For this reason, we lashed out with a vengeance. Now, this act of violence is not considered by any means part of the spectrum of anticipation that Michael Walzer discusses in chapter 5 of “Just and Unjust Wars.” This action along with the fact that this is the same type of terrorism that we would expect from the corrupt Iraqi leadership shows why the war with Iraq would be considered a preventive war instead of the other end of the spectrum, a preemptive strike.…show more content…
In Waltzer’s book he states that a preemptive strike is on one side of the spectrum. “We move along the anticipation spectrum in search, as it were, of enemies…states and nations that are all ready . . . to engage in harming us (and who have already harmed us, by their threats, even if they have no yet inflicted any physical injury.)”[1] If one were to compare people to nations, (as people often do) a preemptive strike would be, for example, if I saw someone about to shoot my best friend. I would shoot the other person first in order to prevent harm to my best friend. Waltzer has three basics theories for preemptive strikes that I will discuss later on in this
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