“No one can know what would have happened to Iraq had Saddam stayed in power. With that question unanswerable, many Iraqis look back at the death and destruction of the past 15 years, and in a haze of nostalgia for the stability of dictatorship, believe they would have been better off with Saddam.”
Jane Arraf — NPR (April 2018)
“In a now famous interview with the Iraqi leader, U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie told Saddam, ‘[W]e have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait.’ The U.S. State Department had earlier told Saddam that Washington had ‘no special defense or security commitments to Kuwait.’ The United States may not have intended to give Iraq a green light, but that is effectively what it did.”
Foreign Policy (2003)
Following his capture on December 13 2003, the trial of Saddam took place under the Iraqi Interim Government. On November 5 2006, Saddam was convicted by an Iraqi court of crimes against humanity related to the 1982 killing of 148 Iraqi Shi’a, and sentenced to death by hanging. Saddam Hussein was executed on December 30 2006. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
On June 15 2009, the then British prime minister Gordon Brown announced that Chilcot would chair an inquiry into the Iraq War, despite his participation in the discredited secret Butler report. The report was published on July 6 2016.
The report states that:
Saddam Hussein did not pose an urgent threat to British interests
Intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction was presented with too much certainty
Peaceful options to war had not been exhausted
The United Kingdom and United States had undermined the authority of the United Nations Security Council
The process of identifying the legal basis was “far from satisfactory”
The war — in March 2003 — was unnecessary
The de-Baathification of Iraq and the establishment of ‘Camp Bucca’ are widely recognized as the two key mistakes that led to the creation of ISIS.
Saddam Hussein — The Truth (Documentary)
On This Day — Saddam Hussein is Executed (December 30 2006)