The 20th anniversary of the Iraq War has led to reflections on the war's legacy and repercussions.
The Atlantic argues that despite the disastrous execution of the war, there was ample reason for launching it.
The Independent disagrees, characterizing the war as a fiasco that unleashed waves of crisis and corruption in Iraq.
The Times calls it a hubristic folly based on false intelligence that tainted the legacy of Tony Blair and had lasting effects on American politics and democracy promotion.
The sources agree that the war had catastrophic consequences for Iraq, leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, and a political system rife with sectarianism and corruption.
The Atlantic suggests that the war's failure should not undermine the case for intervention to prevent atrocities, while The Times highlights the risk of isolationism and authoritarian backlash against democracy promotion.
The Independent depicts Iraq as still struggling to build coherent state institutions and provide basic services to its citizens.