Paul Muller at Heretical Ideas points to evidence of mass graves in Iraq and remarks, “WMD’s aside, this alone was reason enough to invade Iraq.”
Of course, we didn’t know about the mass graves ahead of time….
While I ultimately (by late January, at least) came to support the war, I find it rather embarrasing that we can’t seem to find WMD, given that we staked most of our claim on that issue. While uncovering mass graves and seeing happy Iraqis dance in the streets for a couple of days (before getting pissed off and start to riot, of course) are excellent byproducts, they weren’t the reason we went in. If we have to make post hoc justifications for a war–and I would think you could with any 3rd World regime we toppled–then it does rather smack of imperialism.
Frankly, I’d have preferred for us to have just used “regime change” as our pretext rather than hiding behind UN resolutions. After all our speachifying on how we knew all about WMD caches, we are going to look mighty silly if we don’t find any.