The Middle East for a long time has been on the attack on what is construed by other international bodies as malicious and unjustified war. Nonetheless, there are proponents of the war in the Middle East (Halliday 134). In my view, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan has been propagated by personal vendetta and should not be blown out of proportion to mean protecting the world from possible aggression by these Middle East countries. Concisely the war is not justified. Following the guidance of the United Nations, the actions taken against the Middle East should be informed by tangible facts to halt possible actions based on rumors. Answering the following question will help understand the war is unjust, why is Iraq and Afghanistan the focus regarding attacks on terrorism?, are the allegations against the Middle East be substantiated?, is there sinister motive by the Middle East in case they have the weapons? and finally, has there been non-violent way of finding solution to the situation? Answering these questions would actually rest the case that indeed the wars in Middle East is not justified.
The extent to which the war in Middle East is unjustified is first observed in conceptualizing the opening remarks of the United Nations charter, it categorically acknowledges the humanitarian crisis that was occasioned by the first and second world wars and assert that it will endeavor to cushion the succeeding generations from the same episodes (Walzer 156). In article 39 of the United Nations charter, the security council of the UN is mandated to use force or non-violent ways in ensuring a lasting solution is reached in any security situation i.e. act of aggression, breach of peace or if threat to peace is envisaged (Tyner 243). In chapter 41 gives the Security Council options of dealing with the situations as stipulated in chapter 39. It requires the Council to promote non-violent ways of finding solutions, but this is supposed to be rescinded upon if deemed inadequate in restoring peace and tranquility thus necessitating use of force (Walzer 187). These articles of the UN confirm that the war in the Middle East is not warranted in anyway.
The cause of the war is suspicion that these countries harbors weapons of mass destruction, unfortunately there is no evidence that provides substantial grounds to believe this. Forget about their intention to use them in causing havoc in the world (Halliday 201). Allegations are possible but what follows should be investigation, upon completion of investigation by a reputed and impartial organization, actions should then be based on the findings. Even when the allegations are confirmed, the non-violent measure should first be given a chance until it fails then the use of force will be justified. This will be in conformity with the United Nation Security Council statutes (Tyner 243).
In the case of the Middle East, all these prerequisite steps have been blatantly ignored and military action opted for. This situation in Middle East then contradict UN objective that endeavors to reduce human suffering (Walzer 198). Possession of the alleged weapons is not even a crime provided there is no intent to use them in advancing external attacks in a malicious manner. It does not contradict the principle of self-defense thus constitutes no wrongdoing (Halliday 253).
The attack in the Middle East is thus unwarranted and is perpetuated by individuals who want to further their own personal and selfish interest. Singling out Middle East can also be deemed an opportunity to echo fear in other countries which may be hoping to develop these kinds of weapons. Otherwise, the attacks in the Middle East cannot be substantiated beyond malice.
Halliday, Fred. The Middle East in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Print. Tyner, James A.
The Business of War: Workers, Warriors and Hostages in Occupied Iraq. Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, 2006. Print.
Walzer, Michael. Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument With Historical Illustration. New York,NY: Basic Books, 2006.