America has suffered a total of 4,387 deaths in Iraq, 13 of these have been civilians, and America’s war has wounded 31,603 U.S. troops. America attacked Iraq in search of weapons of mass destruction, something we never found. Americans have little idea that the war they are in the midst of has resulted in so many casualties. American troops have little reason to stay in the country they currently occupy, and it seems that Americans have no problem with this. The Iraq war is a global social injustice that impacts the United States.
America has invaded a sovereign nation; while there social injustices like the Abu Ghraib incident were committed while in the nation. This can be compared to a babushka doll, where one doll sits inside the other. While committing one social injustice America has managed to perform yet another social injustice that directly impacted the nation socially. According to an article in the New York Times, 70 – 90 percent of the prisoners in Abu Ghraib did absolutely nothing wrong. America invaded an innocent, sovereign nation, and while there, tortured innocent civilians. The circumstances these prisoners were held in were horrible. According to the Red Cross, “most prisoners were treated better once they got into the general population at the larger camps, except those who were held by military intelligence.”(The Abu Ghraib spin) According to Senator James Inhofe, “they were probably guilty of something.” It is utterly disgusting that America can leave this kind of doubt in the guilt of a person before the torture and kill them, taking smiling pictures in front of their corpses. Other countries will look at America and the Bush administration; it seems, as murderers and tyrants as a result of these events. Socially, the Iraq war is the most unjust war in American history.
America’s domestic issues have been cast aside, the nation’s politicians focusing on issues facing our military in this nation we have invaded. “In July, the National Intelligence Council issued a classified and quite gloomy analysis of Iraq which had no effect on the President’s [Bush] rhetoric or on his policy.” (George Packer). The United States politicians focus so much on this big issue, but they fail to take action when things go wrong. The battle rages on in the nation, when we should withdraw. Some believe that there should not be a set date, others feel it must be soon. “Mr. Bush acknowledged Iraq’s desire to reduce American forces to the point where they would mainly provide training and logistical support for Iraq’s armed forces.” (Myers) Politically America looks at only their own needs, they over look the lack of desire for troops in Iraq. Politicians now attempt to censor their media: “Photographs of body bags have been forbidden” (Bernstien).
America’s economy is in a spiral downward, and while other circumstances may have played into this recession, the war in Iraq is a main contributor. The nation has spent 710 Billion dollars and counting on the war in Iraq. (Cost of War) America is digging itself a deeper economic hole than it is already in. With a faltering economy, such massive amounts of spending are ridiculous. The amount of oil that America is likely to snatch up after the war is over is not nearly enough. According to the United States Department of Energy, Iraq has around 112 billion barrels of oil beneath it, a very large amount of oil. However, it is not likely that there is actually this much oil in reality, this is due to the fact that much of the oil has already been extracted and used. While this amount is enough to compensate for the war’s cost, it is also unlikely that the direct profits from the oil will result in a number higher that the cost of the war. So now America is in a recession and is losing money fast. We are losing 720 million dollars every day to the war in Iraq (Cost of War). The sooner America leaves this incredible global social injustice, the better.
In Abu Ghraib America tortured the innocent citizens of a sovereign nation. Some of America’s neighborhoods seem worse off than the neighborhoods of the country that they are ransacking. The United States is losing more money in a day than they can gain, and the nation is in a recession already. The world does not need this sort of conflict, and neither does America, that is why it is unjust.