Is someone sawing Brandon's head off while he screams again?
Yes, when the inurgents bomb a hospital, it's because Bush is a villain.
To the extent that you can be damned sure nobody would have been bombing hospitals in Iraq had there been no invasion, this statement is accurate.
You are quite right Set. We invaded illegally and without just cause. My understanding is that international law is actually on the side of those resisiting the occupation. But what is a small matter of legality when it comes to big power politics? Had we not invaded there would not have been resistance to the invasion, simple.
But WHAT IF things had gone according to the plan we were sold immediately prior to going in there? That is Saddam's regime would collapse with virtually no fight. The Iraqis would greet us with flowers. In a few months the infrastructure of the country would be up and running, and Iraq well on the way to becoming a stable pro-west but muslim democracy. Thats how it was sold to us no? And if it had worked, Bush and Blair would have been feted as heros no? The little matter of the illegality of the war, and the real reasons for starting it would have been easily forgotten. People would be too busy wishing the New Iraq all the best, that no one would bother to point out that legally it was a bastard child.
Of course it has not gone right, it has gone horribly wrong. So thats the most charitable I can be towards Bush and co.
And then of course there is the real cynical alternative. They just employed the minimum numbers to get rid of Saddam and hold the oil fields. They were never really interested in the rest of the country, it could go to hell and probably would...so long as western interests controlled the bits of Iraq that really mattered...?