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War in Iraq

War in Iraq

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This is a 1994 document connecting rational theory to the war in Iraq and the leadership selection process
This is a 1994 document connecting rational theory to the war in Iraq and the leadership selection process

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Published by: MUPPScott on Nov 12, 2007
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Disorder in IraqDisorder in IraqFitzgerald ScottISS 331 Social Theory TH1
Disorder in IraqDisorder in IraqThe UN ability to create order in Iraq is reliant on the UN’s ability to dominateIraq. The disorder in Iraq can be explained using several principles from Max Weber,Engels and Marx. One of the main reasons for the disorder in Iraq is because
theleadership currently running Iraq does not qualify to lead the country. Another reason for disorder in Iraq is because the people in Iraq have not accepted conditions by which theywill be ruled by the new governing body. One of the biggest mistakes made by the UNforces was to
start setting up government before they had a monopoly of the land and theweapons. A combination of errors has created a new situation in Iraq that can become anactual revolution and escalate to a much larger battle between the 2004 bourgeoisie.According to Max Weber, there are three grounds of legitimate domination. If thenew government can become legally legitimate, legitimate on traditional grounds or legitimate on charismatic grounds; the possibility of maintaining order in Iraq may be aconceivable goal for the new government.The UN does not have rational grounds for legitimate domination because thereare questions about whether the UN has legal authority to direct government in Iraq.From the beginning, there was question as to the legality of the invasion of Iraq. Therewas serious debate as to whether those who supported the invasion of Iraq met theinternational law requirement and followed the guidelines of the UN Charter by provingthat there was an imminent threat which required the use of force.The lack of information and proof that there was an imminent threat is still anissue and therefore ruins the validity to any legal right the UN has in Iraq. The basis for the argument to invade Iraq was the threat of nuclear weapon capability. In particular, the2
Disorder in Iraqaccusation that Iraq purchased uranium ore from Niger was center for the argument toinvade.After some investigation, the accusation has been found to be lacking inlegitimacy. An added setback to the legal claim of legitimacy to dominate in Iraq is theclaim from Kofi Annan that there was no authorization for members of the UN to invadeIraq. Any attempt to create order in this illegitimate state may add to the disorder in Iraq.The UN can establish legitimacy to dominate on the grounds of tradition
 becausehistorically, Iraq is subject to whoever takes possession of the country. Saddam took control using force as did many leaders before him. Traditionally, who ever has the power to rule is in charge. The remainder of the Bath party and other Sunnis should fallin line once defeated. The recent uprising in the Sunni Triangle continuously takesvalidity away from the UN power in Iraq.Because those who occupy the seat of power in Iraq today are not the people whoactually overthrew Saddam’s regime, legitimacy based on the grounds of tradition isweakened even further. When Saddam took power, as in the case with many of Saddam’s predecessors, he was the commander of the forces that actually took control. When thefight was over he took his rightful place as commander in chief.These seats of control are held instead by Ayad Allowi (an appointed primeminister) and Sheik Ghazi al-Yawar (the appointed Iraqi presedent). I have not found anyevidence that Dr. Allawi or Sheik Ghazi al-Yawar participated at any level in the oustingof Saddam's Regime. So what right do they have to a seat of power in the Arabic World?Traditional legitimacy can also be qualified with the occupation of the traditionalseat of power. The traditional seat of power in Iraq for many years has been the seat of 3

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