On March 19, 2003, the illegal, immoral and unnecessary U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began. That evening, from the Oval Office, George W. Bush told the world, “We come to Iraq with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in Iraq, except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to its own people.”
Ten years on, accountability for what was, and remains, an unspeakable atrocity – the gravest and most grotesque crime a nation can commit against another – is still non-existent. Over the past decade, Iraq has seen hundreds of thousands of its people killed and millions more displaced; the occupation drove the country into full-blown sectarian conflict and political and economic chaos.
In this Special Issue, our contributors reflect on various aspects of the run-up to the invasion and the ensuing occupation, from media malpractice to women’s rights, corrupt contractors to Iran’s newfound influence, and more.
The 2003 Iraq War, Ten Years On
by Roqayah Chamseddin
by Murtaza Hussain
by Rania Khalek
by J.A. Myerson
by Muhammad Sahimi
by Bilal Ahmed