Iraq Essay

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- -Since the Gulf War, the United States have continued to conduct covert militaryoperations in Iraq, most of which have involved the CIA. Their goal was to bringabout the demise of Saddam Hussein. Many attempts have been made to over-throw the dictator usually ending with dismal results. Even though the worlddoes need policing, the United States or any other Nation or State, is not solelysuited to the responsibility. 'Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi dictator is a ruthlessdespot who has brought enormous misery on his own people. It is a pity heremains in power...' (Finley 27). When the subject is Iraq, the United States stillfeel a need to act as International Police.Saddam's paranoia about plots to over-throw him has meant the death ofmany. One incident caused a Squadron Commander in the Iraqi army to bribe atruck driver to sneak him out of Baghdad after discovering that Iraqi Intelligencehad been to his fathers home asking about an alleged coup plot to assassinateHussein. After fleeing Baghdad, the Commander walked twenty five milesacross Iraqi army lines to a Kurdish defector camp. This camp was set up in 1991by the United States, Britain and France. Located in Northern Iraq, its primaryintent was to protect the 3.5 million Kurds from attacks by Saddam Hussein -who retaliated to the Kurdish rebellion against Baghdad near the end of the GulfWar. The 'safe haven', encompassing over 14,000 square miles, alsoaccommodates defectors from the Iraqi army (Cooperman 59).Hussein thoroughly purged his operations, executing hundreds of hismilitary officers who he felt were plotting against him. A splinter group thatsplit from the Kurdish rebels, calling themselves the Kurdish Democratic Party,and backed by Iraqi fighters, staged an assault on the defector camp killinghundreds of suspected spies, confiscating computers, broadcast equipment andprinting presses that were later destroyed by Hussein's military members ifunable to be put to use. All this equipment was provided by the CIA. Thesupport of this defector camp is said to be '...the largest American-funded covertoperation since the Afghanistan War against the Soviet Union.' (50).'...says Michael Dunn, editor of Estimate, a Washington based newsletteron the Middle East, 'The side now mopping with Saddam is the one we wereclosest with. Are we now going to attack the very Kurds we have beenprotecting for five years?'...' (Cooperman 50).The CIA also helped an organization called the Iraqi National Congress,an organization that broadcasts radio and television propaganda; based out ofLondon, England, this opposition group produces videos and radio programsthat pin-point the scandalous and evil ways of Saddam Hussein and the politicalnecessity of his demise. The Iraqi National Accord, another opposition group,were channeled technical information by United States Intelligence hoping thatthey could help Iraqi military insiders stage a revolt sometime in the future(Cooperman 60).Until recently the CIA had four or...

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