Iraq and Afghanistan wars could have been averted if peaceful options were first considered: A commentary
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The American warrior President George Bush just waited for 9/11 tragedy to happen which justified his two unpopular wars against "world terrorism". Toppling ofand flushing out Osama bin Laden out of Afghanistan.
Yes, Hussein was gone but war in Afganistan and hunt for the leiutenants of bin Laden still go on. Nevertheless, the American people fully and highly resisted Bush to go to war because they feared that such actions would rebound to them in the forms of economic dfifficulties and depression which happened.
President Obama must have been inspired and ended the war in Iraq. Nevertheless, he was dipped into the war in Libya. He must have been unknowingly inspired by what 26th U.S.Presidenthad said, "I abhor unjust war. I abhor injustice and bullying by the strong at the expense of the weak, whether among nations or individuals. I abhor violence and bloodshed. I believe that war should never be resorted to when, or so long as, it is honorably possible to avoid it. I respect all men and women who from high motives and with sanity and respect to all they can to avert war. I advocate preparation for war in order to avert war; and I should never advocate war unless it were the only alternative to dishonor."
What is the condition that necssitates war according to President Roosevelt? Answer: "Unless it were the only alternative to dishonor."
President Bust was so in a hurry to go to war against Iraq and Afghanistan which he did in the name of "war against world terrorism to flushout Taliban and Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. War was not the only option at that time which could have been averted. Americans were shouting and crying "Bush do not go to war" but he did not listen. Saddam Hussein was toppled and eventually executed in pursuit of weapons of mass destruction (WMD} Laden remained at large and his forces were dispersed when U.S. led Allied forces invaded Afghanistan.
Two wars did not contain world terrorism after ten years. Results of the two wars were economic crisis, unemployment and difficulties and sufferings of poor and Middle Class America.
It was very clear and evident that the aftermath of 9/11 did not necessitate the war against Iraq and Afghanistan. There was no invasion ever attempted into the U.S. mainland that would dishonor the United States America. Attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon Building were indicative of evident laxities of U.S security agencies to detect the terrorists from entering entry points and ports into the U.S.
9/11 inspired the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It further inspired the present economic crisis Americans are in to after more than ten years of spending for the war in Iraq which ended in December, 2011 and the war in Afghanistan which is still going on. Osama bin Laden was killed but his leiutenants are scattered and still on the run and at large.
The two wars could have been averted if only good thoughts were exhausted to look for peaceful means to respond to the aftermath of 9/11. Every American can imagine how sad President Roosevelt was when President Bush declared the two wars without first considering the peaceful options.
Hopefully, President Obama is going to internalize the words of President Roosevelt and go to no war anymore.