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A Matter of PrincipleHumanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq$
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Thomas Cushman, Gary Marx, and Christine Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244863

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244863.001.0001

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The Case for Regime Change

The Case for Regime Change

(p.28) (p.29) 1 The Case for Regime Change
A Matter of Principle

Christopher Hitchens

University of California Press

This chapter deals with the removal of the Saddam Hussein regime. In 1998, the United States Senate unanimously adopted the Iraq Liberation Act, at a period when Iraq had been labelled as a “rogue” state. The need for a regime change in Iraq had been existing even prior to the September 11, 2001 atrocity. The removal of the Taliban and the temporary routing of Al Qaeda was a necessary reprisal for the aggression of September 11. It is believed that if Saddam's Iraq had been hiding weapons and harboring terrorists in the literal way that some voters were led to believe was the case, then there would have been a right to intervene that could be exerted regardless of Iraqi public opinion. As it happened, there was excellent reason to think that the inhabitants of a rogue state would see the removal of a foul tyrant as a deliverance.

Keywords:   regime change, Taliban, weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein, United States Senate, Al Qaeda

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