Do most Americans think that the war in Iraq was justified?

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What do most Americans think about the invasion in Iraq? I’m personally against all war and violence and am interested to know what people think about this.

“United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated in September 2004 that: "I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter. From our point of view and the UN Charter point of view, it [the war] was illegal", explicitly declaring that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal.”

During a discussion with someone from Amazon that completely justified the killing of almost 200.000 civilians (which I think is completely psychotic) I wanted to know what the rest of tech Americans think.

I used to live in NYC where everything was fine but I might move back one day. It feels a bit scary when people condone war and murder like this... I’m Swedish so.

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  • Cisco ChuckRobbi
    This is a country ok with shooting children in schools.

    A war in a foreign land, destroying entire generations, creating children with broken arms and limbs and dead parents is means nothing to most Americans.

    This is very unlike postwar Europe, Japan and China or Indian subcontinent where entire generations have lived through the repercussions of war, symbolize war with destruction (not victory) and shame their ancestors.

    America has days of mourning for ancestors who destroy the world.
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    • Indeed UNUH67
      Google are you really arguing that America is worse in rape culture than fucking INDIA. Come on now
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Cisco ChuckRobbi
      I dont know about rape statistics and culture. All I'm saying is that America is ok with children getting shot. War means nothing to the wasteland bumpkins.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Microsoft TrumpWins
      Welp I checked the stats:

      "The Thomson Reuters Foundation released its results Tuesday of a survey of 550 experts on women's issues, finding India to be the most dangerous nation for sexual violence against women, as well as human trafficking for domestic work, forced labor, forced marriage and sexual slavery, among other reasons."

      nn.com/2018/06/25/health/india-dangerous-country-women-survey-intl/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fkkkk://www.google.com%2F
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Facebook coolstoryb
      This argument is really biased. No america is not ok with shootings, who would be? Do they happen (sometimes). Its not as serious of an issue since by statistics you re more likely to be hit by a bus as you cross the road.

      The problem of rape in india is far more serious for example. You cant take a case study and generalize. Gotta do that statistical analysis
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Clover Health / Eng doenfh
      So, Americans are ok _with the rate_ of children being shot in schools. 👍
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Microsoft TrumpWins
    It depends. It was shortly after 9/11, Iraq was considered a state sponsor of terrorism and was included as an enemy within the global war on terror. If they had nukes then that is absolutely justified to deal with them due to the possibility they would sell them to various terror groups.

    However nukes were never found and I think most Americans would say absolutely it was not worth it to invade due to the war completely destabilizing the region. But the alternative is unknown. There was a lot of justified fear and hysteria at the time over the extent of terrorism. Worst case scenario was that Iraq sells nukes to someone like Hezbollah or Hamas who then attack Israel. That could have been the start of world war 3
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      So why is US cooperating with Saudi Arabia if they are so concerned about terror? Wasn’t 90% of 9/11 attackers from Saudi Arabia?
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Microsoft TrumpWins
      Another complicated issue. The government of Iran openly wants Islam to dominate the world but the government of Saudi Arabia doesn't. The Saudi royals seem far more concerned with keeping themselves in power rather than carrying out their dogma. They hate Iran, so the Saudis are willing to work with us in keeping Iran in check in exhange for assurance we aren't trying to overthrow them.

      Also if American tanks ever rolled into Mecca the entire Muslim world would declare war on us.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Facebook coolstoryb
      Also the fact that someone was from a country doesnt mean they are aligned with the government.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Amazon BCS
      You guys seriously think Saudi is a better country than Iran? Is this because Iran has beef with Israel? Do we forget about all moral principles if a country’s leader is friendly to Israel and POTUS’s son in law?
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Microsoft Ranveer
      TrumpWins is right, for a change!
      Dec 12, 2018
  • New stuY17
    Americans know nothing of war. Asking a white run of the mill American about what war means is like asking a polar bear about quantum mechanics.

    To pragmatically answer your question. Yeah, it was justified. It made a lot of people a lot of money. War is business and the business is booming.
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    • New stuY17
      Mate. Winning is my favorite.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Target / Eng Nooogler
      Citibank, you're a complete dumb ass. Not sure why people are even entertaining your argument.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Citibank / Finance $$>RSU
      This IS entertainment. Go leetcode and Upgrade to a FAANG so you have some blind cred.
      Dec 13, 2018
    • New stuY17
      Look at you 😂😂😂, with all this anger, all this insecurity. I get it, must be hard. A lot of folks on here make your net worth in about two years, yet here you are torturing yourself. Most of your comments on blind are rude, insincere and so angry. Self esteem must be low but I suppose you need to sleep in the bed you made. Should have studied hard instead of pounding shots with your buddies at the state school you went to. Regardless of how much fun it is to watch you squirm I do feel for you buddy. Cheer up.
      Dec 13, 2018
    • Citibank / Finance $$>RSU
      Awe, poor baby. Are you being excluded from these social circles?? 😤 You invest that trust fund money (😂) and you study hard and one day you’ll show all of us. 😂😂😂😂
      Dec 13, 2018
  • Citibank / Finance $$>RSU
    The results speak volumes. Hindsight vision is always 20/20.
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      Well I’m curious to see how many more people that light heartedly can feel that “casualties of almost 200.000 civilians were necessary”.
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Since I still remember that the justification for war was the possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by Iraq, which eventually were never found, it is not a question of whether "war" was justified or not. It is a matter of answering whether cold blooded massacre for selfish gains and/or emanating from paranoia was justified.

    Plus, how come there is no court of enquiry setup to prosecute the leadership that clearly lied to everyone by showing them fake satellite imagery of WMDs?
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    • New stuY17
      For the same reason the likes of Nixon or Kissinger are not in prison.

      Because when a president does it, it is not illegal 😂😂
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Facebook public2
    Blind is not most americans.
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  • Snapchat __seIf__
    Nothing can’t be justified with double standards. If there is, we just create a third standard.
    Dec 12, 2018 0
  • Target / Eng Nooogler
    Unlike the other discussion about nuking Japan, this isn't even a debate.
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      The same Amazon guy was defending this war so hard. After 3 days and +100 posts I decided to stop responding to that psychopath.

      Who the hell defends killing and torture of civilians. Almost 200.000 deaths for nothing and he justified it as “Justice”.
      Dec 12, 2018
  • US Navy / IT Boonaki
    I was in the military on 9/11/2001. If you asked a similar question on 9/12/2001 most people would have said it was justified. We Americans were out for blood.
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    • Citibank / Finance $$>RSU
      Boonaki, there are dozens of such examples. Trying to convince a college kid who’s been showered with heavily biased views and participation trophies their entire life is an exercise in futility. I’m certain he’s googling this now trying to figure out how to defend his ridiculous position by lifting the option of another author rather than synthesizing these statements and formulating an original thought/opinion.
      Dec 13, 2018
    • New stuY17
      How about the Columbine shooting?

      There are crazy people everywhere. That is an extremely weak argument for oppressing and occupying foreign countries.

      What country, in your opinion, is the biggest perpetrator of terrorist acts today?
      Dec 13, 2018
    • Citibank / Finance $$>RSU
      Columbine? 😂Nice job trying to pivot away from something you clearly know nothing about. Assholes like you in the US are the biggest threat to this country.
      Dec 13, 2018
    • New stuY17
      You're blind's village idiot, your opinion is irrelevant.
      Dec 13, 2018
    • Citibank / Finance $$>RSU
      You really have no life do you? Lol
      Dec 13, 2018
  • Vertivco / Eng
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    I think most Americans, once they are informed, then they'll disapprove the War. But there's just SO much propaganda, that most are drowning in it.
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    • New stuY17
      That's laughable. People in this country are concerned with their own ass only. How can you expect people who don't care for their own families to care about some starving children in Mogadishu "after they are informed?" Whaaaa?
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Facebook coolstoryb
      Stuy if you beleive this country is so bad why be here?

      I think most americans disapprove of the war... hindsight is 20/20.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • New stuY17
      The question and my answer was about people, it was not about the country. I'm a citizen of 3 very different nations, each of them has some good and some bad characteristics. We are talking about America now and I simply express my opinion.

      Disapproving and doing something about it are ideas very far from each other.
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Cisco UGko72
    War is never ideal. In this case it was very valuable to the strategic interests of the US. Don't forget we put Saddam in power (American educated) and took him out when he failed to hold down Iran. There are lots of dynamics and it is not a simple good or bad argument. Many of the benefits and consequences are still undetermined and may not be fully realized for several decades.
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      Feels a bit unfortunate for civilians when a nation keeps putting people in power just to later overthrow them?

      This constant destabilization from West in Middle East is horrible. I bet they wish they didn’t have that oil.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Cisco UGko72
      Agree Santa - but civilization has been doing this since Cain killed Abel... I'm not so sure current society is any better than any other time, just different rules and power structure s.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Google Caravanan
      It just serves the interests of the US elite in power. Everyone else is a loser. Me and you and other US general people are paying for it with our taxes. People in Iraq are dying for it.
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Google d86gd2
    Saddam needed to go but the problem with these secular-ish dictators is that what follows after them will almost always be worse. This by no means make him any less of a monster who ethnically cleansed his country and used chemical weapons against his own people.

    See also: Tito, Gaddafi, and soon to be Assad.
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    • US Navy / IT Boonaki
      Bosnia is in a better position now.
      Dec 12, 2018
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      Saddam needed to go? Who put Saddam in a position of power?
      Dec 13, 2018
    • New stuY17
      Exactly, how do you think most of these lunatics end up in power?
      Dec 13, 2018
    • Google d86gd2
      Himself. He seized power and used it to build up the country and became pretty popular domestically. In fact that US never liked him that much because he nationalized oil production, and funded Kurdish separatists in his country since at least the 70s.

      What you were thinking of was the Shah of Iran. He was the US puppet.
      Dec 13, 2018
  • Gusto u83r
    What else would we do with all that money?
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