Iraq War Protests, New York City

From the very moment the idea of the second Iraq war was hatched, the biggest enemy of the ‘West’ was public opinion. The people took to the streets to protest before any troops were even deployed. The decision to wage the Iraq War, and the way in which governments justified their actions, caused great anger among many populations around the world. The comparisons between the Iraq war and the Vietnam War have been much discussed, but one similarity difficult to deny is the ways in which the wars were viewed by the public. By 2003, People were told that military action was justified because the Iraqis had ‘weapons of mass destruction’. This proved to be untrue and citizens of the United States continued to show their anger on the at being lied to by their representatives as a pretext for war.

“the most extraordinary thing about the Iraq war is that the protests against it were so much greater before it started than in any war ever, including the Viet Nam war. So it was always a very unpopular war that could only really be justified by lying.”

Philip Jones Griffiths

The number of people killed by the sanctions in Iraq is greater than the total number of people killed by all weapons of mass destruction in all of history.

Noam Chomsky