The war in Iraq was motivated by the terror attacks that took place on September, 11th 2001. These terror attacks rocked the very soul of America and caused fatalities, deaths, and serious property destructions. The war was initiated in March 2003, as a preventative measure against the growing danger presented by the dictator the late Saddam Hussein; president of Iraq (Hayden, 2007). The Bush administration noted that the late Saddam Hussein was a danger to US national security and also international security (Hayden, 2007).
Saddam Hussein was a tyrant who severally menaced neighboring countries and perpetrated human rights abuses (Hayden, 2007). In addition, he was a supporter of international terrorism and he sought actively to acquire weapons that would cause mass destruction, like nuclear weapons. He was known to use chemical weapons not only against neighbors but also against his own people (Hayden, 2007). Indeed, he had no regard for the will of the international community and constantly defied the United Nations. According to Hayden (2007) the Bush administration was aware that it was necessary to oust Saddam Hussein from power for the sake of international security. While the war was begun with the noble motives of ridding the world of a brutal tyrant, many argued and warned against it. This paper therefore explores the negative effects which this war had on the American and Iraqi peoples and the global society.
The war in Iraq was popularly described as a ‘cheap war’ because its cost would be modest due to the military capabilities of the US military when compared to those of Iraq (Kaysen, Miller, Malin & Nordhaus, 2002). However, while increased military spending was initially good for the economy because of the increased job opportunities and need for amenities, it strained the economy in the long term. However, the ultimate cost of the war was far much more than was initially perceived.
The American government sanctioned approximately $ 900 billion of tax payers’ money to finance the war (Sue, 2008). As a result, there are costs of healthcare and disability payments to war veterans are estimated to rise to $ 600 billion (Sue, 2008).There was also a terrible impact on the economic position of families who lost breadwinners to the war.
Another important consideration was that the war upset the oil prices globally. While this war was not the only cause of the sudden escalation of oil prices, it did in fact contribute to the increase in prices since Iraq is an oil producing country. The prices of oil are key indicators in the global economy, and its upsurge upset the global economy and caused an economic recession, which many countries are still recovering from.