There is simply NO scriptural foundation for the War in Iraq.
There is also NO Constitutional justification for the War in Iraq. The US Constitution gives the power to declare war ONLY to Congress. NO such declaration was made!
No power in the Consitution can be ceded to another branch of government. That would be comparable to someone hiring Michael Jordan to play basketball for $30 million a year, and Michael later sends in a teenager to play in his place instead, but still wants the $30 million.
The whole purpose for the balance of powers and responsibilities in the Constitution was to prevent the very abuses that are now occuring. The Founders did NOT want a President to EVER have the power to declare war.
The Lord himself said in D&C 98:5-7
5 And that law of the land which is constitutional
, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law
of the land;
7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil
. (emphasis mine)
How could the Lord be more clear? If it isn't constitutional, it "cometh of evil". For something to be Constitutional, it must abide by the principles in the document, no? Personally, I don't believe it is possible to be truly patriotic and NOT believe in the divine influence of the Consitution. So who is really the patriot here? Certainly the true patriots are those who believe in and abide by the principles embodied in the Constitution.
The best explanation the scriptural lessons is in this thread:
I suggest you read and pray about it. The Lord put that there for OUR generation, NOT the Nephites. They never even saw the Book of Mormon. If we refuse to listen to the lessons he put there for our benefit, we will make the same mistakes that the Nephites did.
The Lord even tells us in those verses (see the above link to the other thread) what He will do if we start wars that are NOT defensive in nature. Those promises/curses from the Lord should be enough to literally shake us to the bones!
There is also a good military reason for fighting wars defensively:
1) In an offensive military action, the ONLY advantage is the element of surprise. If the victory isn't immediate, the advantage then changes to the defense.
2) Fighting defensively always has a distinct advantage in that the defensive fighters know the terrain, know the people, and have the support of the local population, who will help them, support them, feed them, and provide shelter and hiding places for them.
The Lord knew this when he commanded us to NEVER initiate a war (see D&C 98:22-37).
It is important to remember that NO Iraqis were on the airplanes that hit the twin towers on Sept 11, and neither Saddam, nor the Iraqi people have ever attacked or even threatened to attack the United States. It has also been estimated that approximately 60,000 Iraqi's have died in the war that has compelled
them to be free.
There is something fundamentally hypocritical about forcing someone to become democratic. The Founders taught that only a righteous people could maintain the type of government they established.
The Iraqi Constitution is flawed from its very foundation. It is automatically changed every time the legislature passes a new law that contradicts their constitution. It has none of the protections that the US Constitution has like:
Freedom of assembly
Freedom of religion
Freedom of the press
The right to own and control private property
...and on and on.
Just having a document that calls itself a "Constitution" isn't enough to truly establish lasting freedom.
The Lord's prophets have also taught that the only way freedom can be maintained is by serving Christ. Otherwise, freedom will be fleeting and temporary. Can the Iraqis be a peaceful people for long when they don't believe in or allow the preaching of the gospel of the Prince of Peace?