Those who most vehemently oppose the war in Iraq tends to be among those who cite the war with the Confederacy as an absolute necessity (with some exceptions
). Why the apparent disconnect?
Do the humanitarian factors differ?
How do the origins of these wars stand in contrast?
- Iraq violated the truce terms negotiated at the end of the 1993 war; some of these violations are addressed in UN resolutions.
- The South seceded from the union against Northern wishes while no explicit prohibition against secession existed in law.
Who started the conflict?
- As early as 1996, Iraqi forces fired on jets enforcing the no-fly zones without killing anyone. The US waited years to act militarily.
- In April 1861, Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter without killing anyone. Lincoln called for an invasion of the South in July. (See Civil War timeline.)
What about financial considerations?
- The Iraq war costs a lot of money.
- The Civil War cost a lot of money, but the loss of Southern taxpayers cost a lot of money, too.