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Iraq - The liberation of 2003

  Before the war

The war of 2003

The war after 2003

The Iraqi "resistance"

Obama abandons Iraq

The capture of Saddam

How many died in Iraq?

Abu Ghraib

Peace and non-violence

Iraq - The liberation of 2003

The genocidal monster Saddam Hussein was President of Iraq from 1979 to 2003. Iraq was liberated from his rule in 2003, thanks to the US and its allies. The genocidal monster was deposed and executed, thanks to the US and its allies. His regime was destroyed.

2003 was a great year for the world, a moment of hope for all peoples suffering under tyrannies across the world.

Tragically, though, the forces of evil (totalitarianism, jihad and genocide) fought back after 2003. They refused to stop killing. They refused to allow the Iraqis live in peace and freedom.

The western left, which opposed the liberation of Iraq from Saddam, said that Iraq should be abandoned to these people. They said, in effect, that if evil fights back, evil should win.

The western left won the day. Their man Obama took office in Jan 2009. Obama then abandoned Iraq to the jihad and ISIS.

Cartoon from Cox and Forkum (see here).
See Cartoon Use Policy.

Before the war

The reasons for the Iraq war

WMD was one of the main reasons for the Iraq war of 2003, but far from the only one.

Here are the reasons for the war:
  1. Saddam was a genocidal dictator who extinguished human freedom in Iraq and tortured and executed hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
    • This to me is the only reason I need. I support a war against regimes like this any time, for more or less any reason. If a democracy wants to depose a tyranny like Saddam's Iraq, well who cares what the reason is. It's a good thing. Even if the aim was to seize all of Iraq's oil for profit, I would still support it.

  2. Saddam did not keep his tyranny at home, but was a threat to his neighbours, including: (a) half the world's oil supply, and: (b) the democracy of Israel. Israel was strongly in favour of ending this threat, and rightly so.

  3. Saddam was a state sponsor of terrorism for decades. After 9/11, this had to end.

  4. Iraq was believed to have an advanced WMD program (in particular nuclear weapons).
    • Iraq and weapons of mass destruction. Iraq certainly used to have such a program.
    • Operation Opera, the bombing by Israel of Iraq's nuclear weapons program in 1981.
    • It seems that, as at 2003, Iraq's nuclear weapons program was actually inactive. Why didn't Saddam let us know?
    • WMD conjecture in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. A good roundup of the many theories why Saddam did not prove there were no WMD.
    • The amazing answer is suggested in: Hussein Was Sure Of Own Survival, Steve Coll, November 3, 2003. "Hussein was afraid to lose face with his Arab neighbors. Hussein concluded .. that Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and other countries paid him deference because they feared he had weapons of mass destruction. Hussein was unwilling to reveal that his cupboard was essentially bare"
    • Revealed: Saddam's WMD plan, The Scotsman, 10 Oct 2004. Saddam needed his supposed WMD program as a deterrent: "So he told only a few senior military chiefs - and not until December 2002 - that he was actually telling the truth: he really didn't have any WMD. He had even bluffed his own ministers and intelligence service, which perhaps makes the mistakes of British and American intelligence more understandable."
    • Saddam, the Bomb and Me, 26 Sept 2004, by the head of Saddam Hussein's nuclear centrifuge program, has a slightly different angle. It says that Saddam himself didn't know what a bad state his nuclear weapons program was in. "Sort of like the emperor with no clothes, he fooled himself into believing he was armed and dangerous. But unlike that fairy-tale ruler, Saddam Hussein fooled the rest of the world as well."

  5. Even if Iraq (as at 2003) had no active nuclear weapons program, it would have started again as soon as it got a chance. Best to end the regime.

  6. A final reason, that did not work, was trying to change the Middle East by spreading democracy and human rights. Something had to be done after 9/11 to change the dynamic, and this was the neo-con dream, that Arabs might embrace freedom.
    • It did not work. Some Iraqis were receptive, but not enough. Iraq turned out to be stony soil. It was a brave and noble effort, but Iraq largely rejected the great opportunity it was given. The neo-con dream that Arabs might want to be free is dead. Some Arabs want to be free. But most do not.


Why I supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
From here.

Democrat quotes on Iraq before the Iraq War.
See full list.

Al Gore on Iraq, 1992.

The "anti-war" demos of Feb 2003 (before the invasion of Iraq)

The "anti-war" protesters say: Don't do anything. Never do anything. Leave tyrants to do what they like. And then we are innocent. We have no blood on our hands. It's seductive. I just don't know if it is moral.

Satire of anti-war marches. From Protest Warrior.

Peace and non-violence (separate page)

The liberation of 2003

Wrong, wrong, wrong

Wrong again. Wrong before. The "peace" marches were wrong, wrong, wrong. Proved wrong, proved immoral, within weeks of happening.

The Iraqi people wanted liberation. The Iraqi people supported the war. They yearned for the freedom we live in.

The liberation was a brilliant success. In only a few weeks, Saddam's barbaric regime was destroyed. There were few innocent casualties. It was a triumph by any historical standard. Iraq was liberated. Uday and Qusay were killed. Saddam was captured and executed. Every dictator in the world was nervous. 2003 was truly a year of hope.

The western media were wrong

The BBC were wrong

During the Iraq War, the BBC were nicknamed the "Baathist Broadcasting Corporation" by pro-war bloggers. Like RTE in Ireland, the taxpayer in Britain is forced to pay for a centre-left, anti-American, anti-Israeli station.

France was wrong

The Arab world was wrong

The Arab world's shameful record on Iraq:

Arab TV (separate page)

Iraq is free, Apr 2003

The West wins again

The war was fast, easy and a stunning success. Despite all the predictions of doom, the Saddam regime quickly folded. It was an amazing display of Western military strength.

The brutal 30 year tyranny of Iraq did not fall in 8 years (8 years!) of war with the fellow tyranny of Iran, but fell in 3 weeks (3 weeks!) when it came up against the men and women of the free world.

Iraq - The war after 2003 (separate page)

The Iraqi "resistance" (separate page)

One standard for Bush, another for Hollande:
Here, in Jan 2013, France liberates Mali from jihadist terrorists.
Hollande did exactly what Chirac condemned Bush for in 2003.
France ignored the UN, invaded, and were welcomed as liberators.

Charles Johnson (back when he was good) on the liberation of Iraq:
"This is a truly historic moment, LGF readers. To the naked protesters, the Hollywood whiners, the Indymedia haters, the BBC and CNN and MSNBC and Al Jazeera and Arab News: This moment is IN OUR NAME. Those who sought to keep the Iraqi people in their living hell, who stood in the way of their liberation, and insisted that the US and Britain and Australia and our many other partners had no right to take action to defend both the Iraqis and ourselves: This was NOT IN YOUR NAME. And we won't forget where you stood, in your ignorance and fashion-driven hatred of America. We won't forget."

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