In my view, the war in Iraq is an unjust war. The goal of preventing another terrorist attack on the United States simply just not justify the cost of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi casulties, let alone all the other costs.
Many people believe that the US must defend itself against terrorism in the Middle East, but this is also a mistake at that tactical level.
- Deciding to defend the United States in Iraq is unwise. The US is fighting where it is vulnerable and where the enemy is strongest. This is asymmetrical war at its worst. A wise tactician chooses to fight where the enemy is weak and his defense is strong. Defending the US in the US is relatively easy. Defending the US in Iraq is fraught with difficulties.
- When choosing allies, the US generally chooses the wrong allies. In the 1960s, the US was supplying Iran with weapons. Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein both got started as clients of the US. The US is currently strengthening Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia, but these will prove to be fickle allies. The US is feeding the hand that will eventually bite it.
- Even if the US is able to win the war and establish democracy in Iraq, that government will eventually turn against the US. Empires create enemies. The US is simplify creating and arming another enemy for the future.
- The Islamic nations in the Middle East are hopelessly divided. Not just Sunni and Shia, but also at the national level. By invading Iraq, the US has united these divided forces.
- The weakest aspect of Islam is its reputation for using warfare to win converts. The use of force by the US to defend Christianity gives them an excuse and justification. They see this as Christians using war to win converts.
- Dan 11:12 says that by invading Iraq, the US will stir up" the entire Middle East.
- Most of the people in the Middle East are cultural Moslems, very like nominal Christians in the west. The radicals are a small minority, but every time the US bombs are house, kill civilians or knock down the door of a family home, the radical movement grows.