Being something of a history buff, I knew from the start that the so-called war against Iraq was a big fat lie.
There is only one reason countries invade other countries: resources. They can be tactical or strategic, but it's the only reason. Not WWII you say? Try this, the Marshall Plan essentially put Europe in receivership. How else was the US going to be allowed to build military basis all over Europe? The Pacific theater? Ibid.
So I knew it. And I told everyone I knew. I was pretty unpopular, and I even lost some friends.
One popular retort from zombie right-wingers these days is, "many intelligence agencies all over the world thought that Hussein had WMDs". Really? So where did these agencies get their information? Because the US and UK had Iraq surrounded for a dozen years.
And many of the same zombies, who are historically-challenged, repeat another of the many White House lies, that Hussein kicked the inspectors out. Hussein DID kick the inspectors out, but that was in 1998, when Clinton was president. And they were kicked out because it was the US who broke the deal by replacing inspectors with spies.
The inspectors returned in 2002, lead by Hans Blix. And they were about 6 weeks from finishing their work when the White House called the UN and told them to get the inspectors out in March 2003. This was pretty obvious to me, if allowed to finish then the "smoking bomb" fear tactic would be realized as the lie it was, and the warmongers would be discredited.
But all the detailed explanations about inspectors, and German terrorist cells, are not needed to see through this lie. As I said earlier. The US and UK had Iraq surrounded for a dozen years. A person would have to be pretty naïve to think that they weren't using the most sophisticated surveillance techniques known, including aircraft and satellite imagery, spies on the ground, etc. The idea that Iraq could have stockpiled tons of chemicals, or been building nuclear reprocessing facilities, is laughable on its face.
Yet a lot of people still haven't come around to seeing the obvious, showing just how powerful propaganda and fear can be.