The U.S. led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the result of misinterpretations from both the Bush administration and Saddam Hussein's Baath regime. The following will compare and contrast the two differing governments within a framework of perceptions and regime type and structure. Key information will be used from a 1990 article "Bush to Gorbechev: Choose between Saddam and the West (Heritage Foundation Memo #280, by Jay Kominsky). Human nature, as well as a socialization process experienced by peoples of different cultures, may often lead to conflict, as was the case with the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
After the Gulf War ended in 1991, the United States moved towards a policy of containment in regards to Iraq. While Hussein's forces had been repelled quite easily, U.N. forces had allowed the Baath leader to remain in power, and in hindsight, did not safeguard the disablement of military installations in the manner intended. During the next few years, the CIA led an attempt to remove Hussein from power by means of a coup d’état, which failed. When G.W. Bush came to office in 2000, regime change became the official policy towards the Iraqi president. This policy of pan- Arabism, or East vs. West, etc... can be traced back to the development of Israel in 1945 and British evacuation of Egypt during the Suez Canal crises of 1959, and the rise of Nasser to power in the late 1960's. Socialization of societies and cultures, especially between the Arab world and the West reached a climax with the 2003 attack; socialization in the sense that misconceptions and perceptions between the two ideologies cause constant conflict and tension.
After the events of 9/11, invasion of Iraq became easy for the public to support; a 'rally round the flag'. Perceptions by both the US and UN were that Hussein's regime had once again managed to create capable facilities of producing weapons of mass destruction. Reports surfaced detailing the vast resources available to...
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