it is not acceptable to wipe our hands of this debarcle. We are one of the core member nations and continued the sanctions in spite of the knowledge that they had no effect. Saddam had no regard for his people and basic regard is required for sanctions of this kind to be effective. I would, at any stage, have been supportive of a UN decision to intervene and change the regime. The problem was, and remains, THIS WAS NOT THE PREMISE FOR ATTACK!!!. it is not going to wash if we retrospectively claim that the world is better off. Had the request before the UN been to change regimes upon humanitarian grounds then I think many nations would have taken a different position. BTW. I notice nobody has wanted to address the content of the post with regard to Don's pal being propped up. Why is that? let's hear some defense of our support for saddam whilst he was killing Iranians and kurds!