A U.S. Marine covers the face of a statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein with a U.S. flag in Baghdad April 9, 2003. U.S. troops briefly draped an American flag over the face of a giant statue of President Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad on Wednesday as they prepared to topple it in front of a crowd of Iraqis.The gesture, likely to be highly provocative in much of the Arab world where the U.S. invasion of Iraq has stirred widespread anger, was quickly reversed and an Iraqi flag was tied instead to the statue's neck.Local residents had earlier scaled the 20-foot (six metre) statue and slipped a noose around its neck to drag it down. Pictures of the month April 2003 REUTERS TV REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic GOT
Iraq War lesson: ‘preventative wars’ are illegal wars, period.

For the last 20 years the US has treated the sovereignty of states as conditional, reserving the right to attack when it chooses.

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