Case study: the war in Iraq 2003

Ben Tonra

in Global Citizen and European Republic

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780719056079
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701614 | DOI:
Case study: the war in Iraq 2003

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This chapter analyses the interaction of the four narratives when faced with the short-term policy issue of the 2003 Iraq War. Three very different pictures emerged from the narratives' representation of the Iraqi conflict: one of imperialist aggression, one of illegal conflict and one of regrettable war. This chapter explains that there was no sustained attempt within the Irish debate to initiate and develop a European discourse vis à vis this conflict and discusses the fissure between the Irish and Global discourses over attitudes towards the United Nations.

Keywords: Iraq War; narrative; imperialist aggression; illegal conflict; regrettable war; European discourse; United Nations

Chapter.  8058 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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