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  • Over in Great Britain, Tony Blair is taking a lot of heat because those weapons were the primary reason for our unpopular invasion. Over here in "love it or leave it" America, you don't hear a lot about it. Colin Powell cites plagiarized intelligence reports (which Britain later admitted) and forged documents (that no one claims to know the origin of) and yet no seems to care.

    So we're going after Saddam for the weapons but we couldn't find them. Eh, maybe we were going after him for his role in 9/11.

    • The justification to invade Iraq was that Iraq didn't live up to their commitment to 'fully, proactively and immediately' disarm as required by Resolution 1441. Everyone who signed on to Resolution 1441, the entire UN Security council, was clear on the fact that Iraq did possess such weapons.

      It was clear that they were playing games with the UN Inspectors. It's also clear from what we are finding that they had an active program to develop or research WMDs.

      The fact that they may have been busy destroying

      • Also consider there are at least a few other countries that have WMD and are not considered a threat to world peace by the US and its allies?

        You're not going to break into the house of someone living across town because you suspect he has a weapon (while all he has is some fire crackers) and you're afraid he is going to break into your extremly well protected mansion, while other people in your neighbourhood do have weapons and brag about it?

        Yes, Saddam probably has broken Geneva Convention regulations, International Embargos and God knows what else. And yes, I do think it was necesarry that SOME action was taken. But dozens of other countries broke those regulations, and others too. For some reason, loads of people still smoke Cuban cigars and have been for many years while the trading embargo with Cuba was still in place. Many countries (even western ones) harbor Islam Extremists. Maybe it's a good thing to clean out their own back yard before occupying someone else's.

        If I recall correctly, the US supported Iraq in the whole Iraq/Iran issue in the 1980's. I also recall the US supporting Afghanistan (and the Taliban) back when the russians tried to occupy Afghanistan (most part of the 1980's).

        This is all way too political for a perl site and this will probably result in an anonymous van being parked outside my house. I'll ask em in for some coffee if that happens...