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A Matter of PrincipleHumanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq$
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Thomas Cushman, Gary Marx, and Christine Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244863

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244863.001.0001

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In the Murk of It

In the Murk of It

Iraq Reconsidered

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A Matter of Principle

Mitchell Cohen

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the forceful arguments made in good faith by foes and proponents of the Iraq war. The consequences of the war are what matter most. Collateral damage in a war is often visible quickly; collateral benefits may take years to emerge. One undeniable good is self-evident: Saddam Hussein's murderous rule is over. The chapter concludes that most of the arguments against it were significantly wrong, but the arguments for it were palpably not all right. It went on to enumerate the elements that constituted a coherent case for the use of force against Saddam's regime, regardless of one's views of Bush II. This chapter gives the opinion that Bush II mishandled a great deal in Iraq and made many bad, even obtuse, political decisions that may combine to produce potentially grave long-term consequences but had there been no war, Saddam would still be in power.

Keywords:   Iraq war, collateral damage, use of force, Saddam Hussein, Bush II

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