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MNBrewer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 12:42 PM
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The Iraq War; some questions for discussion
What is the Iraq War?

Was/is it legal?

Did it start on March 20, 2003? If not, why not, and when did it really start?

Has the Iraq War ended? If so, when did it end? What constitutes "ending" the war? If not, why not?

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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 12:53 PM
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1. Severe lack of definition
What is the Iraq War?

Vague question. Many levels to that. At this point, it isn't clear what it is. Mostly it's a bit of a civil war with alot of foreign involvement.

Was/is it legal?

In what court?

Did it start on March 20, 2003? If not, why not, and when did it really start?

Again, vague question. All wars have various events leading up to the organized violent confrontatioins. Some of those events are violent.

Has the Iraq War ended?

No.

If so, when did it end?

See above.

What constitutes "ending" the war? If not, why not?

The elimination or assimilation of one side.
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MNBrewer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 12:55 PM
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2. Provide your own definitions if you want
The purpose of the post is for discussion, not for me to provide answers :) Thanks for responding.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 01:33 PM
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3. Not a war, an Occupation. Yes, it was illegal, based on proven lies. n/t

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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 05:15 PM
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4. It depends, but:
The Iraq War is a war for oil, with the U.S. pushed in by lies and false pretenses.

Totally illegal, but the perpetrators will not be punished, neither for their illegal war nor for the crimes against humanity that they perpetrated in its course.

It officially started on March 20, 2003, but actually when black ops forces were sent into the country before then. Alternately, it started at the end of the 1980s, when the Poppa Bush Administration decided that the puppet the U.S. had armed and aimed at Iran was no longer an asset, and they wanted Iraq's oil. In this scenario, the hostilities since 2003 were just the second flareup of the war.

It ain't over until the ("noncombat") troops are out, and that is not yet.
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 05:31 PM
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5. and "non-combat" is exactly right...plus
There were 207,600 private contractors employed by the Department of Defense, 19 percent more than the 175,000 uniformed personnel members employed by the department, according to a July report by the Congressional Research Service. In Iraq and Afghanistan, contractors make up 54 percent of the Defense Departments workforce, according to the report.

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http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/contractor-de...
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