Spain and the War in Iraq
Upper Iowa University
Although Spain’s stay in Iraq was short, it most certainly did not go unnoticed; while most Spaniards were against the joining of US forces in Iraq, Spain provided assistance against the beliefs of their people and while in Iraq were accused of hanus crimes such as torture and soon after would call for a quick pull out.
While overwhelming polls in Spain were showing 90 percent of Spain’s population against its people going to assist in the war, Aznar, made it clear he wanted troops sent over to assist in a no combat role. Citing the need for staffing military hospitals to assist with treating the wounded as well as to distribute supplies which consisted of food among other items.
Throughout the widespread criticism, Aznar’s government has remained a loyal allie to the Bush administration during the war in Iraq. Mean while, despite overwhelming public opposition, Spanish troops are deployed for no fighting roles in Iraq but instead to assist with the wounded and aide in dealing with contamination along the lines of nuclear, chemical or biological.
On April 25, 2003 Spain’s Prime Minister Cabinet approved an increase in troop numbers over in Iraq. This would place the current number of troops serving in Iraq at over 1,500, up from 900.
The announcements that Spain’s troops will not participate in any missions of attack or offense were met by applause from the antiwar protestors. In addition to sending support troops, ships were sent as well. There was speculation Spain may send its only aircraft, to the Gulf Region.
Although most of the major fighting was over, they still had the potential to be placed in harms way, but for the most part claimed the mission was a “humanitarian mission”. The additional troops would most definitely require more extensive training in combat and defense as they would face the possibilities of attack....