Quote (mike @ 16 Feb. 2003,14:49)Can anyone actually cite a good reason for the war? I'm sure there is but it's escaped my notice.Oh, lots of good reasons. If the US don't invade Iraq, they won't be able to destroy the eivdence that Iraq don't actually have any WMDs to speak of after all. And Iraq would be most useful as a permanent US base in the Middle East. The invasion is likely to cause widespread unrest in the Middle East, which would provide "justification" for more invasions, to "keep the peace" and "liberate the people" (well, those of them who survive the bombing and destruction of infrastructure, anyway). The war on terrorism is running out of steam, and Iraq is the most convenient replacement (as the song says, "if you cannot find Osama bomb Iraq"). And any war is a good thing, because it increases profits for the arms industry which helps fund Bush's election campaigns. And makes it easy to condemn any opposition to whatever Bush wants to do as unpatriotic, distracts from not having actually been elected, boosts popularity, etc. More importantly, the US economy is very dependent on the special status of the US dollar as the de facto international standard, which means that virtually every country keeps a big reserve of US dollars, in effect giving the US a whopping great interest free loan. Iraq switched to using the Euro instead of the dollar a couple of years ago, so invading it really is self defense. And of course, direct control of Iraq's oil would be a nice bonus.We had a great turnout at the protests over here - five or six thousand seems to be the most realistic estimate. That's ten times as many as the last major protest in December.