In an interview with RT, Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan, who was UN Secretary General from 1997 to 2006, stated:
You cannot disassociate the situation in Iraq today from the US intervention of 2003. Because not only did the intervention take place, but they dismantled the Iraqi Army, which was the tool of Saddam to maintain law and order.
The civil service, the Baathist Party were all [dismantled]. So the structures and state institutions vanished overnight, creating a very serious vacuum, which has led to where we are today. So I don’t think anybody can argue with that. The link is clear.
When the US launched the invasion in 2003, Annan stated unequivocally that it was “illegal”.
Support for the US invasion maxed out at about 14% or less in every country, though some dictators defied their populations and joined the US axis for the act of aggression, which destroyed Iraq, killed millions, and destabilized the region.
The Nuremberg Tribunal, theoretically the basis for contemporary international law, established that war of aggression is the worst international crime, and countries that commit it are responsible for everything that ensues because of it. Convicted perpetrators of and participants in aggression were then executed.
Annan also pointed out in his interview that the world’s large powers:
…apply the law to the small people and the small countries, but [say] we would absolve ourselves, it wouldn’t apply to us. What sort of justice is that? It has to be, we have to aim for a system, and a legal system where the laws are applied fairly and consistently across the board.
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