Because of the lop-sided victory of the coalition, the . dealt more with prisoners than did Iraq. Despite the fact that coalition forces had more opportunity to abuse prisoners, only Iraq found it necessary to violate prisoners' rights. Legally, according to the Geneva Convention, a prisoner of war has rights and is to be treated as a non-combatant. This treatment does not advocate torturing prisoners. The coalition did not do it, not because the average Iraqi soldier held little military information, but because it is morally wrong. Yet the treatment of coalition POWs in the hands of the Iraqi interrogators was violent and painful. Conversely, the thousands of Iraqis who surrendered were fed, clothed, detained humanely, and protected from the hostilities. Coalition prisoners were used as human shields by detaining them at potential bombing sites. Saddam Hussein tried to justify this policy, which is forbidden by the Geneva Convention, by claiming that Western countries had jailed Iraqi students as a security measure (Associated Press 1991). Even if that claim was true, those students were not in danger of being bombed. Contrary to Iraqi beliefs, a violation of the Geneva Convention does not justify a similar violation. Two wrongs do not make a right. If it did, coalition forces had justification enough to commit heinous crimes against Iraqi prisoners. The fact is, American forces did not.
America should withdraw immediately from Iraq because America has lost its former admirable reputation. Ever since war broke out in Iraq, the reputation of Americans has been soiled due to the fact that they made some careless mistakes that were disapproved of by many other nations. For instance, when America chose to invade Iraq without the approval of the United Nations, America was faced with much criticism. By doing so, many nations lost their respect for America. America has been castigated also due to the fact that a number of regions around the world claim that America is only there on an attempt to claim Iraq’s oil. Their accusations were not unwarranted because of the United State is dependent on Middle-Eastern oil. Because of these accusations, one can imply that the reputation of America today is not what it used to be. Some claim that our reputation would be redeemed once America succeeds in creating a democracy in Iraq. But the truth is that they cannot truly support that America will succeed in creating a democratic government in Iraq. With the reputation of America on the line, the logical choice for America should be to withdraw from Iraq.
The US invasion of Iraq removed a brutal dictator from power and led to open new stage of positive political and economic change in Iraq and also Gulf states. It is clearly that Gulf Countries Council governments seek a US -Iranian friendly establishment. Three states Kuwait, UAE and Qatar have taken different approaches to meet their own security needs, seeking different degrees of identity with . interests and actions. Although these countries share many threat perceptions with the United States, it would be a mistake to overstate the commonality of interests.