Noam Chomsky (picture), professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who has been criticizing heavily the Bush Administration, defined the U.S.-led war in Iraq as an infamous invasion that bared hardly any justification.
Professor Chomsky, an antiwar activist, argued in his article that he contributed to the August edition of the French Le Monde diplomatique that the concept of the preventive war that the United States has adopted as a national security strategy since the September 11 terrorist attacks is a war crime. He pointed out that Iraq was a scapegoat of the U.S. that wants its preventive war policy to be accepted in the international community. He also noted that the war was a profitable business for the U.S. considering Iraq`s strategic location and oil deposits.
Chomsky argued that the U.S. and British have failed in finding any evidence of the presence of mass destruction weapons in Iraq and, having shifted their existing stance, they now no longer say Evidently, Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, but say Iraq has facilities that could potentially produce weapons of mass destruction,
He also argued that the U.S. has so far come up with only groundless evidence on Iraq and Osama Bin Laden and thus it resulted in increase of Al Qaeda followers making it even more difficult to root out terrorists.
The U.S. carried out unprecedented media nerve war glossing over media, however, the U.S. could not change the tide, Chomsky criticized. He said that many of Americans believe the U.N., not the U.S., should take the leading role not only in handling international crisis but also in postwar reconstruction of Iraq
Quoting historian Arthur Schlesinger, he argued that the sympathy on the U.S. after the September 11 turned into hatred after the Iraq war and President Bush is now thought to be a greater threat than Saddam Hussein.