Iraq—2003 onwards; War, Aftermath and Post-Saddam

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Geoff Hoon, the [U.K.] Defence Secretary, suggested yesterday (April 4, 2003) that mothers of Iraqi children killed by cluster bombs would one day thank Britain for their use.

Paul Waugh and Ben Russell, Hoon is 'cruel' for claims on cluster bombs claims, The Independent, April 5, 2003

Saddam Hussein’s regime finally toppled on April 9, 2003, greeted by a mixture of jubilation from many citizens in Iraq, some thanks to the Coalition forces, and others warning America and Britain that while there were thanks for getting rid of Saddam, they do not desire occupation.

But controversy has followed this Iraq war from many, many angles. Just a few examples:

  • The typical justifications for war (the link to terrorism, the threat of weapons of mass destruction, etc) have proven false so far.
  • Intelligence before the war had often hinted that information was sparse although only now is it being questioned while the Bush and Blair governments try to avoid following intelligence inquiries up with political accountability.
  • The destruction of an entire society and reconstruction of a new one, materially, socially and politically is meeting obstacles and criticisms of being shaped by U.S. agendas and interests.
  • Power vacuums and democratic struggle are proving difficult to overcome.
  • U.S. President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have been facing increasing criticisms about lack of progress and possibly misleading their populations to justify war.
  • Geopolitically the fallout from this war in the region and around the world are enormous, but hardly discussed in the mainstream.

This section, used to be one page, but when printed in printer friendly format would be about 100 printed pages, yet many issues are hardly covered. Nonetheless, this page has now been split into the following sub-pages:

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