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Critique Of Article Titled "An American Attack On Iraq Is Not Justified"

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"An American Attack on Iraq is Not Justified" was written by John E. Farley in 2002 when congress was considering a resolution to the 9-11 attacks. Farley is a professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University and still participates in war protests to this day. Farley's argument is exactly what the title states, a war in Iraq is not justifiable. The United States ultimately went to war against Iraq on March 19, 2003. Since then, the question of whether or not the war is ll, showing that he cares to inform everyone about the current situation.

Although Farley does not use outside sources in his article, he seems to be a reliable source who would be knowledgeable about the subject. In the introduction to the article it is prefaced that Farley is a professor of sociology, a subject which looks deeply into situations such as the one in Iraq. This is beneficial to his argument because it makes it easier for the reader to trust that he knows what he is talking about since sociologists study these types of situations and their effects on society. Since Farley participates actively in protests against the war, he is part of the movement and knows about the situation.

Furthermore, the organization of Farley's article helps his argument. He separates the article into different sections with subtitles for all the different claims he is making to support his thesis. He states the claim and then gives his evidence and reasoning in an organized paragraph or two. This assists him in his argument because his writing is well structured, helping the reader clearly understand each claim he is making. Also, if an author can't organize his ideas in writing, he is showing his weakness and the audience will not take him seriously as an intelligent professional.

Along with Farley's organization, his language shows that he is an intelligent professional as well. He defines important terms subtly in foot notes without talking down to the audience as if they don't know anything. For example, Farley explains what he means by a "congressional blank check" in a footnote stating "Congress passed a resolution in October 2002 giving authority to president George W. Bush to attack Iraq" (28). He repeats this process again explaining who Al Qaeda and the Taliban are. The use of professional language shows that Farley takes the subject seriously and wants respect. By defining words and not...

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