The Case for Regime Change

Christopher Hitchens

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI:
The Case for Regime Change

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This chapter deals with the removal of the Saddam Hussein regime. In 1998, the United States Senate unanimously adopted the Iraq Liberation Act, at a period when Iraq had been labelled as a “rogue” state. The need for a regime change in Iraq had been existing even prior to the September 11, 2001 atrocity. The removal of the Taliban and the temporary routing of Al Qaeda was a necessary reprisal for the aggression of September 11. It is believed that if Saddam's Iraq had been hiding weapons and harboring terrorists in the literal way that some voters were led to believe was the case, then there would have been a right to intervene that could be exerted regardless of Iraqi public opinion. As it happened, there was excellent reason to think that the inhabitants of a rogue state would see the removal of a foul tyrant as a deliverance.

Keywords: regime change; Taliban; weapons of mass destruction; Saddam Hussein; United States Senate; Al Qaeda

Chapter.  3875 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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