20 years after the imperialist war against Iraq
On March 19, 2003 was the beginning of the invasion to Iraq made by the United States with the excuse of “democratize and eliminate terrorism” in the Arab country

After the attack of September 11, 2001 on the Twin Towers, the then President of the United States was looking for only one thing, war.

In March 2003, George W. Bush told US citizens that «the forces and the coalition» were involved in military operations to «disarm Iraq and defend the world from danger.»

US Marines being deployed close to Baghdad in April 2003. Photo: Getty Images
US Marines being deployed close to Baghdad in April 2003. Photo: Getty Images

Washington and its pretext for invading Iraq was that there was some kind of alliance between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein and that they possessed weapons of mass destruction, something of which no evidence was ever found and later it was proved completely false.

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Even so, on March 19, 2003, Americans began to rain on Baghdad, which would initiate a dark military reality in the Iraqi country in order to elect a new political regime in line with US interests, thus leading Iraq to strong political and social instability.

Iraq still went through strong consequences because of subsequent wars such as the Iraq-Iran in 1980, the Gulf War in 1991, and the sanctions applied by the US that really ended up drowning the Arab country.

By that 2003, the US media began to exert sensationalism, of course, led by President Bush, and thus divide people in Iraq, which turned out much worse than expected.

George W Bush
George W. Bush declares de end of major combat in Iraq form the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln off the California Coast. Photo: AP

After Hussein’s fall, US military troops clashed with other armed groups, extending the war for eight long years, leaving hundreds of thousands dead, tortured prisoners, massacres of civilians, and the massive destruction of a country.

According to the United Nations, the United States violated «International Law», and that in addition to invading a country illegally, violated its sovereignty with the perfect excuse of «dismantling terrorism in the country, and democratizing it» by sending soldiers to war.

But, there was evidence in 2004, showing photos of American soldiers not only destroying, but torturing civilians, who they claimed were pro-Hussein activists, forcing them to form human pyramids and simulate sexual acts, which was humiliating.

An American soldier, his dog
An American soldier, his dog, and a detainee at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, 2003. Photo: AP

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This invasion was a true tragedy for the Iraqi country that left more than a million dead and millions of displaced people living in misery.

People move to look for drinkable water nowadays
People move to look for drinkable water nowadays, as a consequence of war people have limited access to these services. Photo: Getty Images

After 20 years, Iraq lives unstable and even weak, for which reason US troops are still on the ground supposedly helping the Iraqi army to fight against armed groups.

Today, 20 years later, the war did not end in 2011, after the famous «official withdrawal» of 2011, since the invasion continues and instead of promoting democracy, the US laid the foundations of a failed state.