On Monday, March 17, 2003 America went to war with Iraq. According to recent polls, 40% of Americans are against a war with Iraq. My goal, and the goals of all of those against the war, is to hopefully open the eyes of those who are pro-war and help them to realize this war is a mistake. I have researched this topic long and hard, and after getting both sides of the story (pro and anti) I stand very firm on my beliefs that this war is unjust. I would like to give you some of the reasons why this war on Iraq is wrong. .
This invasion is unconstitutional. Bush is acting as if he has the right to attack Iraq whenever he feels like it. He couldn't be more wrong. An attitude like that is very dangerous for a democracy. Our founders gave the right to Congress, and only Congress, to make the momentous decision of whether to take the U.S. to war or not. It says so in Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution. .
It is against International law, which is quite clear: Country A cannot attack Country B unless Country B has already attacked Country A or is about to attack Country A. Iraq has yet to attack the U.S. Saddam knows that attacking the U.S. would basically be suicidal. No Iraqi has ever come here and killed any of our people, nor have they threatened to do so. Actually, if you think about it, under international law, Saddam Hussein has a better case for attacking us than Bush has for attacking them.
It violates the Christian doctrine of "just war." President Bush claims he is Christian, and who wouldn't believe him. He talks about God every chance he gets, he goes to church, and he leads us to believe he is a good, wholesome, Christian man. But, on Sunday, March 27, 2003, at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Santa Monica Boulevard, during mass, the Pope said, "This war in Iraq is not a just war and, thus, it is a sin." Just war theory requires that all peaceful means to resolve the issue be exhausted.