The war between the United States of America and Iraq
The war between the United States and Iraq of March 2003 to 2005 is still a misunderstood aspect and is a question of what exactly caused the George W. Bush government to invade Iraq. A number of explanations have been given, but it remains a matter of intense controversy.
The events following the 11th September, 2001, otherwise known as 9/11, initiated an ideology in the Bush administration. The US government’s key policy makers concluded that overthrowing Saddam Hussein and his regime were the only way to strike a blow to radical Islamic terrorism world over. A major concern was how to eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and thus military rationale was deployed. Critics also affirm that the decision to go to war was a subject to advancing Israeli interests (Gordon, 2010).
The recent public opinion show that the majority of Americans are against the Iraqi war with 55% saying U.S should not have gone to Iraq. 41% think that the deployment of the military to the country was a good idea. However, at the beginning of the war, Americans unanimously supported USA’s action against Iraq (Brennan, National Defense Research Institute (U.S.), and United States Forces, Iraq, 2013).
Some top ranking USA officials have also propagated that Bush, Cheney and other government officials collaborated into lying about the linkage between Iraq and 9/11. They ran a systematic program of torture amongst selected officials so as to deliberately obtain false confessions to support their allegation. Another example of a similar historical event is the Vietnam War. The reason for the war was to stop the spread of communism and to keep South Vietnam free.
It is, therefore, comprehendible from the study that the United States of America has a powerful administration to take down any state. It is willing to engage in lengthy conflicts so long as its interests are met.
Quite a number of social movements have emerged in our present society; say from 2000 to present. It is a social alliance of people who share the interest of effecting social change in the society. Social movements do not have to be necessarily organized in person. Two or more alliances which work separately but for common goals are still considered a social movement (Josephi, 2010).
Freedom of assembly is a fundamental right of citizens to gather as a group to either protest, deliberate, air their views and unite with a common objective. In this digital error, technology has otherwise provided a voice to those who are not able to express themselves. The digital error has seen an acceleration in mass gatherings instigated via online channels. For instance, protests in Iran that occurred in 2009 were organized extensively through twitter and text messaging.
Recently, I was part of a movement that was organized on Facebook to lobby the campaigns of our favorite presidential candidate in the forthcoming general elections. It was the driving force behind the numerous rallies we successfully organized across the state. A large number of youths across the region were invited to our fun page and shared together in our manifesto via online. Our end goal was eventually met (Ziccardi, 2013).
Facebook is a powerful tool for change and community action. We can be a force of positive change in the world by using Apps like Causes to unite users using important issues such as global warming, AIDS, poverty, and then rally people to action. Hosting social media events can also be used to bring change.
This study is a determinant that the technological development and internet use are having a rapid change in the world with regard to modernity. This could have both positive and negative effects in the developing world.
Brennan, R., National Defense Research Institute (U.S.), & United States Forces, Iraq,. (2013). Ending the U.S. War in Iraq: The final transition, operational maneuver, and disestablishment of United States Forces-Iraq (USF-I).
Gordon, J. (2010). Invisible war: The United States and the Iraq sanctions. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.
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Ziccardi, G. (2013). Resistance, liberation technology and human rights in the digital age. Dordrecht: Springer.
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