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Parliament on this one. ” Quoted in National Journal, “Blix: Iraq War Was Not Justified,” National Journal Group, March 31, 2004. com. 59 supported and assisted US military efforts in Iraq, the United Nations Security Council, which had not sanctioned the war, considered it to be unlawful. “I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter,” UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in 2004. ”63 No WMDs, the primary reason stated for the war, were found in Iraq. Nor was any link between Saddam and al Qaeda discovered.

People wanted to be a part of the American Dream, and lending institutions were eager to help them realize that dream. To take advantage of this “housing bubble,” banks began to relax their criteria for issuing mortgages. At the time, would-be homeowners had to show lenders they were financially able to own a home. Lenders checked a potential customer’s employment history, salary, savings, and other financial information. When approved, borrowers paid a down payment and were issued a standard mortgage, usually lasting thirty years at a fixed interest rate.

But inside these bundles lurked a financial time bomb: the subprime mortgages. 46 Most subprime mortgages started at a low interest rate, but after a few years the rate jumped. Borrowers who could not afford the increase lost their homes. As foreclosed homes were put back on the market, prices tumbled, and so did the investment banks’ income. Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke acknowledged the growing crisis. ”48 As America’s central banking system, the Federal Reserve began investigating the subprime mortgage industry to determine if stricter regulation was necessary.

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