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Casus Belli?

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Submitted by Albert (United States), May 15, 2013 at 21:08

NO ONE ever seems to mention this. Saddam for a period of ELEVEN years in the aftermath of Gulf War One was trying to shoot down one American warplane and totally failed to do so. In total violation of the NO FLY zone and the truce ending the first war with Saddam. Normally attempting even ONCE to shoot down ONE plane [even if failing] would have been an adequate casus belli!

This fact is totally neglected. Saddam was given a green light for continued rule after the First Gulf War with considerable undeserved deference to the man but continued his antics unabated. This was tolerable prior to 9/11, but intolerable after 9/11. The man and his mischief were seen after 9/11 with a totally different perspective.

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I do not recall a single such instance.

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