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    Iraq War

    Less than a week ago, the Iraq war ended. For almost nine years, the Iraq war engulfed the United States. Many people have been opposed toward the war, but many others have been in favor of this war. This war has divided our nation.
    There are several reasons why the United States decided to invade Iraq. The main reasons the United States gave were to destroy weapons of mass destruction and to end Saddam Hussein’s regime. Other objectives for the invasion were to gain intelligence on the military network, obtain Iraq’s oil fields, and to create a democratic model of government that could be used as a model for the rest of the Middle East. Also, the United States felt that the Hussein regime was a national security threat and wanted him out of power.
    The United States faced more resistance than they expected they would, but quickly crushed Hussein’s forces. It didn’t take long for the United States to take control of the Iraqi government. The majority of the Iraq war wasn’t fighting Hussein, but trying to establish a democratic government, which would be a model for the rest of the Middle East.
    A major issue in setting up this government was the Sunni and the Shiite. The Sunni minority didn’t want to give up its power, where as the Shiite majority wanted more say in their government. There has been major fighting between the Sunni and the Shiite since the United States ousted Hussein, with the United States forces caught right in the middle of it. It has been had to find a form of democratic government that both the Sunni and Shiite can agree on.
    The Iraq war has cost the United States $845 billion and has had $3 trillion of an effect on the US economy. The United States has lost 4,477 soldiers and has had 31,965 soldiers wounded. However, the effect has been much larger on Iraq. During the war, Iraq had over 100,000 civilians killed. There are 1.5 million refugees and there are between 2 to 2.75 million displaced in Iraq. Iraq now needs to find ways to find these people homes. Iraqis also need to find ways to support their families. They need to find ways to cooperate between the Sunni and the Shiite.
    Now the question is, was it worth it? Everybody will have their own opinion, but I don’t think it was worth it. I do think that the world is much better off without Saddam Hussein, but the costs to the United States and the civilian population of Iraq is far too much. Also, we didn’t even find any weapons of mass destruction. That seems like it was the biggest reason why the United States invaded Iraq in the first place and they failed to find any. However, we will have to wait and see if this has been a good thing for Iraq in the end.
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