How many weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq

After the 9/11 attacksThe third Gulf War against Saddam Hussein

On March 19, 2003, the United States and its "Coalition of the Willing" invade Iraq. Saddam Hussein and his regime are said to be in possession of biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction. The dictator is overthrown, the weapons are never found. Iraq is sinking into chaos, violence and bombings.

It quickly becomes clear where US President George W. Bush is directing his attention after the attacks of September 11, 2001: He considers Iraq to be partly responsible for the terrorist attacks. Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein is being turned into a determined villain and a reincarnation of evil.

Although US intelligence agencies suggested that neither Saddam Hussein nor Iraq had anything to do with the attacks, the US attacked the country on March 19, 2003. They are reducing Iraq to rubble.

There is no evidence of weapons of mass destruction

Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, Washington claims. But the US government cannot provide any proof of this. Even an international team of experts turning Iraq upside down cannot find any weapons of mass destruction.

A new justification is needed to legitimize the war: From now on it is no longer about the destruction of ABC weapons, but about the democratization of Iraq. But that too fails. The population rejects the occupation by US troops. There are repeated attacks on US soldiers. The neighboring country of Iran is gaining influence in Iraq and in the region.

No concept for the time after the invasion

In the USA the mood is turning: More and more people think the invasion is a mistake; in the sixth year of the war it is even 60 percent in a survey. In 2009, the troop withdrawal from Iraq will be the topic of the presidential election campaign. Barack Obama promises to bring the US soldiers back and will implement his promise on August 31, 2010.

You hear in One Hour History:

  • The journalist Hans Leyendecker explains the already transparent attempts in 2003 to construct reasons for the war against Iraq and Saddam Hussein.
  • The political scientist and author Stephan Bierling describes the damage caused by the Third Gulf War in the USA, which developed into an American nightmare.
  • The Islamic scholar Guido Steinberg from the "Science and Politics Foundation" focuses on Iraq, which has barely been governed by the many wars since 1980.
  • Deutschlandfunk Nova history expert Matthias von Hellfeld reports on the prehistory of the Third Gulf War and the influence of the neoconservative think tank "Project for the New American Century".
  • Deutschlandfunk-Nova reporter Grit Eggerichs recalls the end of the war, which was described as "victorious" but did not bring peace to the region.