Bush’s eagerness to disarm Hussein comes at an uneasy time
for America, as our economy is unstable, our jobs are in jeopardy,
and war is already on our minds. “We will get Osama Bin Laden,”
said Bush to the American people one year ago. No one has
yet caught Bin Laden. Therefore, how can Bush insist we fight
another war; we have yet to finish the first one?
One theory to the answer might lie beneath the on-again,
off-again, and on-again relationship between Bush and Hussein.
It’s been nearly 12 years since U.N. inspectors were on Iraq’s
soil, after being forcefully asked to leave by Hussein. The
years between 1991-1998 were years of frustration for the
inspectors, after numerous attempts to inspect sites in Iraq
were denied by Hussein. Some of those off-limit locations
were Hussein’s palaces, which were believed to hold weapons
of mass destruction underground.
Ironically, Bush senior was president of the United States
during the 1990 Gulf War against Hussein. Bush senior promised
the American people, “Hussein would be caught.” Like father,
Now, junior wants to finish the war with Hussein that his
father started. He actually has good reasons, but are they
sufficient? Hussein’s treatment of his own people has been
brutal: he kills them with gunfire and chemical weapons. Fox
News aired that the CIA has proof that “Iraq’s links to Al-Qaeda
(the terrorist group) go back 10 years.” Iraq has violated
the cease-fire agreement and has continued to fire at U.S.
and British aircrafts.
A recent letter by Hussein said he would now allow the U.N.
inspectors back into Iraq to check some locations. Bush responded
by saying he does not believe Hussein, who should not be trusted.
Britain’s leader, Prime Minister Tony Blair is the only country
in the U.N. fully supporting Bush’s urgency to start a war
with Iraq. Other countries have said they need more proof
against Hussein before making a decision to support the United
Ultimately, the final decision for America’s war with Iraq
will come from the U.S. Congress. On Oct. 10, 2002, The House
of Representatives voted in favor of a new war, 296 to 133
votes, despite majority U.N disapproval. A day later, the
Senate confirmed Bush’s request for a freehand to wage a new