Points from the Right-Thinking blog
Support for the war outside the US is very low according to an international Gallup poll shown below:
There is opposition to the war inside the US
The Pope has pleaded for the US to stop
National Council of Churches of Australia and America have expressed clear opposition to the invasion of Iraq
US support of Saddam in the 80s is widely known but does not seem to be an issue
The US role in Afghanistan also received very little attention in the US media. Zbigniew Brzezinski (Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser) has acknowledged the US funded Muslim mujahideen (including Osama bin Laden) when the Afghans fought against the Soviet Union.
The evidence that Osama bin Laden was in Afghanistan while the CIA was funding the muhjahideen is overwhelming:
Public opinion is probably the most important weapon in this war
It's clear that the US supported Hussein while he was killing Iranians, but that was before Halabja in 1988
There is evidence that US aid to Hussein continued even after thousands of civilian Kurds were killed at Halabja
The Iraq expert for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time of Halabja acknowledges that the Kurds were brutalized by Hussein while he received support from the US
The history of the US role in Iraq is very important in understanding the current war
Iraqgate did make it into the press though it was largely ignored
Iraqgate was presented to the House of Reps by chairman of the House Banking Committee Henry Gonzales
But like an unfortunated case of PTSD it somehow slipped from the consciousness of a nation.
The rescue of Private Lynch has also been discussed at right-thinking.com
A BBC story on reports that the rescue of Private Lynch included allegations that the US media and military had staged and manipulated the rescue.
Public comments on the article are also fascinating
The BBC has defended its journalistic integrity with regard to the Lynch rescue
It's important to note that in the above report Leon Harris of CNN responds to the claim that Iraqi doctors treating Lynch took her by ambulance to a US military post who opened fire on the ambulance:
There are many reports of American soldiers firing on non-military vehicles in Iraq
Friendly fire incidents have cost precious lives
Iraqi soldiers have also ignored the Geneva convention and used ambulances to stage attacks
The Federation of American Scientists has commented on the use of military aid as a diplomatic tool in gathering the "coalition of the willing"
Violation of UN resolutions if often used by the US to justify the invasion of Iraq while the UN's charter Article 39 Chapter 7 clearly states:
The father of Jessica Lynch has denied that she was shot or stabbed
His comments contrast with initial reports that Lynch suffered multiple gunshot wounds
Another Lynch family member has contradicted the commander of the US military hospital she was examined at who also stated that she had no bullet wounds
The head of the BBC has again criticised US media coverage of the invasion
CBS and Reuters have carried quotes from Tim Madere, a U.S. Army colonel saying no bunker was found at Dora Farms