Date registered: Feb 2007
Location: Florida, USA
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It is amazing how quickly people forget what really happened. We had a whole team of UN weapon inspectors in Iraq just before the invasion looking exactly for - you know WMDs. When they could not come up with anything, Bush and his cronies became impatient and started claiming that Saddam must be clearly hiding those weapons in his palaces. They demanded that Saddam give those inspectors permission to search his palaces. This permission was granted. The search of several palaces turned up nothing. At this point the inspection team asked for several weeks of additional time to complete the inspections.
Bush administration, in fear that no WMDs will be found and that their main justification for war will prove to be nothing but hot air, decided to immediately pull all of the UN weapon inspectors out of Iraq, claiming that Saddam was lying and hiding his weapons. So Bush kicked out all the inspectors and gave Saddam I believe 48 hours to leave the country or be invaded. (And of course the charade at the US where Colin Powell presented the "proof" of WMDs in Iraq).
This is how I remember these events 6 years ago as I was following them closely.
It is a not a matter of polling our opinion whether this invasion was criminal or not - by international law standards and opinions of legal experts it was criminal. According to what was known at the time, Bush should have invaded Saudi Arabia instead, as 16 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, and NONE were Iraqis. Instead Bush claimed that Saudis are our friends and secretly ordered the FBI to fly quite of few members of Osama bin Laden's family who happened to be here at the time, out of the US. And here lies the biggest hypocrisy of all.
Last edited by p100; 04-25-2009 at 04:20 PM.