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Syria and the ‘Lessons’ of Iraq
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/31/2013 5:33:03 AM

In March 2003, an America-led coalition of 46 countries invaded Iraq to topple the Baathist dictator Saddam Hussein and end his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. Saddam’s government fell in a matter of weeks. And yet it was months before coalition forces captured him, weapons stockpiles were never found, and ethno-sectarian violence persisted at horrific levels until 2008. Over the course of the last decade some 4,800 coalition soldiers were killed, many thousands more were wounded, and a hundred-thousand-plus Iraqis lost their lives. The human cost of the Iraq war was high and terrible, and no one wants to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 8/31/2013 5:47:46 AM     (No. 9499406)

You´ll never get me to believe American and allied troops killed a 100,000 civilians in Iraq,this is a number Amnesty International pulled out of their butt.In fact,I think the reason the war dragged on so long was the fear of killing civilians so the population wouldn´t turn against us.They should have killed ASadr right off the bat,he was the main rabble rouser in keeping the conflict going and was an Iran operative.

But it´s interesting how just about everybody now is using the Iraq War as a reason to stay out of Syria.

Another thing was American troops had to use heavy handed methods in Iraq,say beating a door down searhing for someone was because Bill Clinton signed an international agreement outlawing tear gas in wars.We coud have flushed these houses with tear gas instead of shooting missiles at people´s doors.We use tear gas here all the time,what´s the big deal about using it in a war.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 8/31/2013 8:06:00 AM     (No. 9499477)

Agree with #1- AlSadr was their Al Sharpton.

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