I concur with Jean. The Bush administration presented to the world what it claimed were concrete facts, figures AND photographs detailing with reasonable assertion the whereabouts of Saddam's WMDs. They even presented conversations that porpurted to prove that the Iraqis knew of their WMD and were attempting to hide or destroy them.
Now, as far as I know, it's not that easy to destroy, hide or transport WMDs without 1) your movements being detected by spy satellite and drones or 2) leaving behind some residue. Let's not also forget that the laboratories and facilities required to manufacture and produce WMD must be very large and consist of sophisticated equipment. It's simply not that easy to relocate entire laboratories and facilities without being detected. In addition, what about all those satellite photograhs we were shown and bullied into accepting as WMD sites? The Bush administration claimed to have intimate and specific knowledge of the Iraqi WMD program. They claimed to have gathered this information from defectors and former Iraqi scientists. WHERE are these weapons of mass destruction? Why have they remained so elusive in spite of all the overwhelming proof we supposedly had of their existence?
I'm sorry but one or two trailers converted into makeshift labs containing a few petri dishes simply won't cut it. Every little third world country is making similar attempts, this is hardly a significant find. As for those paltry missiles, again, every little banana republic has a few dozen rusty stockpiles - apart from striking terror in the hearts of ants, this is hardly a threat.
Again the world asks the question, where are the weapons of mass destruction for which this war was fought and for which hundreds lost their lives?
In addition, not only did Bush use Iraq's supposed WMD as a justification to wage war, he also terrified the American public by claiming that these weapons of mass destruction posed a significant threat to the security of the United States. I vividly remember seeing a speech of his in which he stoked the fire of fear and whipped an audience into a frenzy by claiming that U.S. forces would victoriously remove this threat to our sovereignty and rid the world of this terrorist and tyrant.
I want nothing less than to see Bush and his lieutenants dragged before a congressional inquiry to answer for those weapons of mass destruction IF they're not found in a reasonable time.
1441 was about Iraq's failure to comply with terms of their disarmament and their failure to cooperate with weapons inspection teams.
It was their failure to cooperate with the weapons inspectors during the years leading up to the war that caused a lot of their problems.
In other words, it was about weapons of mass destruction, not democracy, not digging up graves, but weapons of mass destruction.
The Bush administration itself takes no shame in admitting its new philosophy forged after 9/11, i.e to launch preemptive attacks against regimes it believes pose a significant threat before that threat becomes actually realized. This was a shocking change of direction in American foreign policy and it was under this policy that Iraq was targetted, as it was deemed a national threat to American sovereignity because of its weapons of mass destruction. This is actually a well known document authored and published by Condoleeza Rice.
Gee where was the UN when the inspectors got kicked out of Iraq, Where was it when the US members of the inspection team got kicked out.
Let's clarify something here once and for all. During the first Gulf War, the inspection teams were not kicked out of Iraq. They were recalled because coalition forces were about to launch an attack. During the second Gulf War, they were also recalled by the U.N. because the U.S. and the so-called "Coalition of the Willing" (i.e., a few British soldiers and Spanish moral support) decided to launch attacks.
Saddam Hussein himself has NEVER kicked out U.N. inspection teams. This whole myth started with the Bush propaganda machine in a shameful attempt to take advantage of American's notoriously short memory.