Saddam’s rule in Iraq Essay
Saddam’s rule in Iraq
In text A, the war is represented as having to have “exploited Iraq” by the Americans; also the reader accuses Britain of having the same mentality as America and Britain are both allies. This is particularly evident in “the same oil companies that used to exploit Iraq when it was a British colony are now returning… the Iraq war was all about oil”. The modal auxiliary verb “was” in the past tense makes the writer sound knowledgeable and certain that this was the case and also implies that it was not unexpected from the two super powers, commenting on how they “are now returning”.
The verb “exploited” and the adverbial of manner “used to” creates sympathy towards Iraq showing how it has already suffered and been taken advantage of by the allies before. The writer then quotes that a US Federal Chairman, “recently admitted. ” The verbal process verb “admitted” shows that even parties who are amongst the USA government acknowledge their greedy reasons behind the war on Iraq. The writer used this point to further more persuade that the war was a pointless decision.
All three texts refer to Saddam’s rule in Iraq in correlation to the cause of war in Iraq. Text A expresses how Saddam’s rule in Iraq was for the benefit of his people and the writer does not blame Saddam’s dictatorship for America’s invasion of Iraq. Text B, shows a strong opinion against Saddam’s “sadistic” regime. Whereas, Text C refers to Saddam’s regime to be the main cause of war against Iraq. Eric Margolis in Text A, refers to Saddam’s rule as “the benefit of Iraq’s national development”.
The abstract noun “benefit” ties in with the larger theme of the article – Iraq was in a well and stationary position before it was invaded, representing the war on Iraq in a negative way as it almost proves how there was no humane reason for war. However this shows the narrow-mindedness of the writer as Text A offers no criticism of how Saddam tortured his people under his dictatorship, or even explain in what way it increased Iraq’s national development. Text B uses the evaluative adjectives “tyrannical” and “sadistic” to describe Saddam’s regime in Iraq.
By representing it in this way, the article makes the American forces almost heroic because of their efforts to eliminate him. In Text C, it states how the main goal of the invasion of Iraq was to “undermine Saddam Hussein’s ability to wage war”, again using Saddam’s dictatorship of Iraq as a main reason to war, emphasising the importance and positives of the war. In this simple sentence the word “war” is first used, as the subject of the sentence is Saddam Hussein, showing how war is only associated with him and not the Americans.
To make Saddam’s actions sound more aggressive the dynamic verb is used to create the alliteration “wage war”. The three texts use similar methods to represent the war on Iraq in the way that they want to. All three articles are heavily biased, which means one could argue that there could be lack of reasoning behind some of their points. They are also all trying to challenge the representations of the war, both positive and negative.
Text A, portrays the war as having no backbone other than greed for oil by the Americans, persuading the reader that this is the “ugly truth”. Text B, tries to gain some sympathy towards American troops instead of the real victims of the American war against Iraq; however emphasising the good aspects the war on Iraq will bring such as liberating people from “Saddam’s sadistic regime”. Text B, uses rhetorical persuasive linguistic features to change the minds of people who are against the war on Iraq by convincing the audience that war on Iraq only has advantages.
Subject: Saddam Hussein,
University/College: University of Arkansas System
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 10 July 2017
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