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Monday, May 30, 2005

US and Britain increased bombing in 2002 to goad Saddam

From the London Sunday Times:
THE RAF and US aircraft doubled the rate at which they were dropping bombs on Iraq in 2002 in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein into giving the allies an excuse for war, new evidence has shown.

The attacks were intensified from May, six months before the United Nations resolution that Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, argued gave the coalition the legal basis for war. By the end of August the raids had become a full air offensive.
A Tiny Revolution has more.

As far as I can recall, Saddam didn't give them any satisfaction at all. He let the inspectors in, didn't launch any missiles at US bases in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia. The only thing he didn't do was bring his WMD's out to a parking lot for all to see like Bush kept demanding. Of course, if he'd been able to do that and actually done it, Bush would have demanded that Saddam recite Hamlet backwards in Swedish while riding a unicycle and juggling three burning Hummers, with Bush all the while insisting that war is the last option.