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  • Failure to abide by the terms of the surrender in 1991 are a sufficient casus belli. If that isn't enough, we can count every time Iraq fired a missile at an allied plane since the Gulf War ended.

    Quite frankly, I'm surprised we didn't declare war again when Iraq kicked out the inspectors. Oh, wait, that's right - Clinton was in power.

    • Exactly what terms didn't Iraq abide by?

      Iraq threw out the weapons inspectors on accusations of spying. Turns out [csmonitor.com] Iraq was probably right.

      But the US was also obstructing [pbs.org] the very investigations they claimed to support.

      As to why the US would invade now. Simply because it can. Bush's popularity is high, there's a strong "torch the towel-heads" sentiment in the US after 9/11, and nobody's ever liked that nasty Saddam guy anyway.

      The fact that a few hundred thousand Iraqi citizens have either starved to death or died of lack of medicine/medical care during the embargo obviously doesn't mean squat to the US public (or the British for that matter) so what's a couple (tens? hundreds?) of thousands more with bombs, tanks, and guns?