Yes. I was upset that sovereignty was denied to Iraq by the invasion. I was upset that the infrastructure in almost every city in Iraq was destroyed. I was upset that tens of thousands were killed by the bombing, and about a million perished because of the sanctions. This Goddamned war was originally touted as "Operation Iraq Freedom", which is another joke. The civil war will fester for another twenty years, by which time Iraq as a country will be finished.
Since George W. Bush came to power, he has systematically flouted international agreements that the US had previously signed up to.
While previous US administrations might not be able to claim much better records, it is clear that Bush is not even making an attempt to stick to these numerous treaties, laws and obligations.
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I'd have to side with you too Juan.
Perhaps the intent wasn't completely nutz (assuming I ignore for a moment the whole oil factor) in ousting Saddam, but the shake-up to regional -though fragile and tense- stability is unforgivable.
The whole of the middle east will never be the same, and I can only hope that other Islamic and Arab nations will not condemn all "western" countries to the same category as the mind-bogglingly difficult situation the States have placed themselves.
Somehow I hope it will come out in the wash. How many more months of Bush? I'm still surprised Gore didn't win. (It takes me a long time to get over things...)
A New Policy needed for IraqQuote has been trimmed
By Denis J. Halliday and Jennifer E. Horan,
...The administration's myopic obsession with Saddam Hussein has many casualties. One is Iraq itself, its people and rich culture condemned to slow strangulation by the United States/United Nations sanctions regime. Another is the prospect for positive political change in Iraq. A third is the opportunity to rid not only Iraq but the entire Middle East of weapons of mass destruction. UN Security Council Resolution 687 envisioned Iraqi disarmament as the first step toward the creation of a region-wide campaign to eliminate these weapons.
All three can be salvaged, but only if the United States comes to its senses. Iraq needs to be let back into the family of nations. Retain arms control on it, but weapons monitoring needs to be a genuine, international instrument of disarmament and not be turned into a tool of US espionage and subversion, as was UNSCOM.
To bully and brutalize the Iraqi people on account of Iraq's uncooperative leader is to punish innocents, not to practice diplomacy. Supporters of sanctions cannot hide behind exaggerated claims about Iraq's military power. The 1991 Gulf War has been dubbed a turkey shoot. Since December the United States and United Kingdom have bombed Iraq almost daily. Iraq has yet to down a single aircraft. Middle Eastern leaders undoubtedly resent it when Saddam tries to exploit...
2001: Powell & Rice Declare Iraq Has No WMD and Is Not a Threat
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...In the interview, Mr. Annan was repeatedly asked whether the war was "illegal." "Yes," he finally said, "I have indicated it is not in conformity with the UN Charter, from our point of view, and from the Charter point of view it was illegal."...
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Iraq dumped WMDs years ago, says Blix
No evidence to link Saddam with September 11 attacks, Bush admits
Oliver Burkeman in Washington
Thursday September 18, 2003
The former UN chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, believes that Iraq destroyed most of its weapons of mass destruction 10 years ago, according to an interview broadcast yesterday.
The claim came on the same day that President George Bush stated more bluntly than ever that there is no evidence to link Saddam Hussein to the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 - despite 69% of Americans believing Saddam had a personal role, according to a recent Washington Post opinion poll.
Mr Blix, who spent three years hunting for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in Iraq as head of the UN monitoring, verification and inspection commission, told Australian Broadcasting Corporation listeners: "I'm certainly more and more to the conclusion that Iraq has, as they maintained, destroyed all, almost, of what they had in the summer of 1991....
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1044511,00.html (external - login to view)
The US used chemical weapons in Iraq - and then lied about it
Now we know napalm and phosphorus bombs have been dropped on Iraqis, why have the hawks failed to speak out?
Tuesday November 15, 2005
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...Under US army rules of engagement, Mr Rumsfeld was required to authorise any air strike that was likely to result in the deaths of 30 or more civilians. Fifty such attacks were proposed, and approved, according to the air force commander during the war, General Michael Moseley...
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Saddam Hussein did not get a fair trial, and the deposed Iraqi dictator's death sentence is 'indefensible,' a U.S.-based human rights group says in a new report.