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Iraq 2003, a criminal war

It is important to note for posterity that the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was criminal.

People find easy the rightful horror on occasion of any specific atrocity — Abu Ghraib, Haditha ... horrifying, in an easy way.

It's important to remember that the United States' invasion of Iraq in 2003 was itself criminal.

By any estimation of international law, the invasion was illegal. By any comparison with humanitarian values, appalling. Unnecessarywhat more condemnation is there?

Horrifically, the Iraq War was a popular war at its beginning. That is an uncomfortable fact — but it is a fact.

The American people, by appearances at least, accepted the serial fabrication of supposed justifications for a war that was prosecuted for the sole reason that a few people wanted to do it.