Monday, December 15, 2003

Sorry to sound like a stick in the mud, but lest we all get carried away in the Saddam Capture Euphoria, let's remember a few basic facts.

The War in Iraq was waged, was it not, because "the former regime sponsored terror, possessed and used weapons of mass destruction, and for 12 years defied the clear demands of the United Nations Security Council." (Source: BBC News Online -- my emphasis)

Yet now, we learn from CNN that "Time magazine correspondent Brian Bennett in Baghdad said the former Iraqi leader asserted that the United States invented the presence of WMD to justify an invasion of his country.

"He also said he didn't play nice with U.N. [weapons] inspectors so that he could protect the privacy of his presidential areas," Bennett said on CNN's "Newsnight," quoting a U.S. official in Iraq who had seen an initial interrogation report."

Saddam could, of course, be lying. It's too early to say. But let's not forget why we went to war in the first place. It wasn't so we could track down a bemused dictator hiding in a hole.


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