Shafaq News/ The American magazine "National Review" criticized the common idea, especially among Republicans, that Russia's war in Ukraine is similar to the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq in 2003.
The American report, translated by Shafaq News Agency, explained: His idea began by recalling a statement by US Senator J.D. Vance in which he recently said, “In many ways this reminds me of the 2003/2004 period in Iraq, where everyone seemed to want to rush into a military conflict, and I think that 20 years later, we realize how terribly wrong that was. “I don’t want us to go through 20 years before we realize the extent of the catastrophic mistake we are making.”
But the American report considered that “it is not clear how the Russian invasion war in Ukraine resembles the war in Iraq, except for the realization that all human conflicts share some unfortunate similarities,” noting that some Republican critics of the Ukraine issue rely on “calcified narratives about... The fallacy of the coalition war in Iraq, in order to serve them.”
The report explained: “Russia launched its second invasion of Ukraine suddenly, and did not suffer martyrdom and did not burden itself with the burden of creating a cause for war,” noting that Moscow spoke of its ancient rights on the Black Sea coast, which the tsars had annexed during their military campaigns against the Ottomans before they attempted to reoccupy Ukraine to annex its lands to The Russian Federation and the erasure of its culture.
Therefore, the report considered that “there are far more contradictions with the Iraq war than similarities.”
He explained, "The United States and its allies monitored the skies of Iraq from 1991 to 2003 after Saddam Hussein's attempt to invade and annex neighboring lands, and they often faced resistance from forces loyal to Baghdad."
He continued, saying that during three incidents before the 2003 invasion, "the West was forced to launch retaliatory strikes on Iraqi targets in response to his (Saddam Hussein's) efforts aimed at killing his minority citizens and destabilizing the region at the expense of American interests."
He also pointed out that months before the 2003 invasion, negotiations culminated in Congress's authorization of the war, which he described as "a legal framework supported by a United Nations Security Council resolution that concluded that Iraq had committed material violations of its international obligations."
He added, "All of this took place over the course of several months, during which Saddam Hussein's regime prevented the work of international inspectors who could have provided evidence that the stocks of unconventional weapons in Iraq's possession did not pose the threat that almost all Western intelligence agencies had revealed."
The report questioned the comparison between the two wars, saying that “all wars are wars in reality, and the similarities between them end there.” He pointed out that the comparison must be made from the perspective that “the Russians conducted their campaign in Ukraine in a similar way to the way they intervened in Syria, with brutality and complete disregard for civilian life,” adding that the perpetrators of these crimes do not face any threat from justice in their homeland, and that “There is evidence that Kremlin officials encourage these actions.”
The report found that there is no comparison here with the behavior of the American armed forces, and that “it is shameful to make such a comparison,” adding that to the extent that the United States and its soldiers were involved in criminal misconduct in Iraq, we know this because their actions were revealed either before Investigators or independent media, and those involved were punished in accordance with the law.
The report called for "a distinction between a state that plans to commit war crimes and a state that suppresses the brutal spirits unleashed by war and punishes those who surrender to their animal instincts."
The American magazine considered that "the most obvious difference between the Iraq war in 2003 and Russia's war in Ukraine is that neither the United States nor its allies are the ones fighting." He added, "In the absence of American support for Ukraine's independence, the fighting will not stop, and will continue, except that Ukraine will lose faster, its people will be killed at accelerating rates, and Russian aggression will approach the borders of NATO."
The report criticized the Republican idea that the United States could end the war tomorrow if it left Kiev to fend for itself, explaining that this means that Ukraine must achieve peace through surrender and submission.
The report concluded by saying that "equating Russia's war with the Iraq war raises painful emotional points in the American mind," and stressed that "the similarities do not hold up to logical scrutiny."
Translated by: Shafaq News Agency