When critics of the Iraq war condemn it and criticize those who started it and the others who acted as cheerleaders, supporters frequently come back with what they feel is the ultimate argument clincher, that the world is better without Saddam Hussein and so for that reason alone the decision to invade was the correct one, even if subsequent events have resulted in a disastrous situation.
Leaving aside the fact that attacking and invading another country that never threatened you is an illegal and immoral act and indeed a war crime, that defense has become even shakier as the whole region has become destabilized. The increase in conflicts between rival sectarian groups and the rise of ISIS can be traced to the fact that the US and its allies have created a number of failed states starting with Iraq and now extending to Libya, Yemen, and Syria which have proved to be fertile breeding grounds for conflicts. And things are not that great in Afghanistan either.
This is now the view of even people like Richard Clarke who served in the White House of George W. Bush as his National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism, in other words his chief counter-terrorism adviser on the National Security Council.
“And all the stuff we’re seeing today — the rise of ISIS, the disintegration of the state in Iraq, the disintegration of the state in Syria, I think is directly connected to our invasion,” said Clarke.
“We destroyed the state. This is what happens when you destroy a state. You have chaos, you have the rise of factions, regional and ethic factions,” he continued. “And I think you can look at that decision and say that’s the reason hundreds of thousands — probably a couple of million if you add it all up — people have been killed.”
We should never stop pointing out that the Iraq war was wrong when it was initiated and is wrong now and those who advocated for it and supported it are accomplices in creating immense suffering for the people of that region.
The cheerleaders for the war sometimes suggest that those who argue that the Iraq war was wrong are somehow admirers of Hussein. That this argument is ridiculous should be obvious and is a symptom of how bankrupt their position is. In fact, to those who make it, the question should be turned back on them because by their logic, that means that they must be admirers of ISIS.