Was the American invasion in Iraq a violation of international law?

Was the American invasion in Iraq a violation of international law? If so, how? Specific references to section(s) of international law that have been violated will help.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    No it's not. To declare the war illegal had to be upon the vote of the United Nations Security Council. The UNSC did not vote that the war is illegal. Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a continuation of the 1991 Gulf War that Saddam Hussein started when he invaded Kuwait in 1990.

    From 1991 to 2003, Saddam frequently ignored the Resolutions of the United Nations Security Council including the 1991 ceasefire treaty he agreed to signed ending the hostilities of the Gulf War in 1991, but NOT THE WAR ITSELF. The no-fly zones enforced by the U.S. and it's allies over Iraq after Operation Desert Storm was to protect Kurds and Shiites from the attacks by the Iraqi Air Force to enforce UN Resolution 688. We have every right to believe Iraq had WMDs because Saddam was too busy playing chickens with UN inspectors and kicking them out.

    To say we need UN approval for the war is totally stupid. How many nations went to war without UN approval? Israel invaded Lebanon without UN approval. The U.S. got involved in Vietnam without UN approval and some examples like that. Having to go for the UN for approval would totally violate the rights of each nation's sovereignty and having UN control all nations power. That is not what the UN is about. The UN was a body that let nations speak to each other about nation's problems and work for peace.

    Not to mention that the UN had five pernament body members that can vetoed anything: Russia, France, UK, China, and the USA. The USA and UK had a vetoed power so it doesn't really apply to them for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The 2003 Iraq War is LEGAL.

  • 8 years ago

    No! It was not a violation of international law. Saddam Hussein violated the cease fire agreement from the gulf war AND we had every reason to believe he had WMDs. Even if there was some doubt about the WMDs, considering we had tens of thousands of troops a stone's throw from Iraq, it was not a gamble that President Bush wanted to take. His number one concern, constitutionally, is the safety of the people of the United States.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Yes. The U.S. acted without a UN mandate, and against the wishes of the international community. That being said, the UN is a bureaucratic mess and has frequently been more of a hindrance than a help.

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    8 years ago
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