Chretien's final comment is odd. Surely the US did not use the fact that Hussein fought against the religious dictators of Iran as a reason to invade. Perhaps the passages are just not clear and Chretien meant that the US used the fact that Hussein was a dictator to invade. Even that was not the first excuse but that he had weapons of mass destruction that he was hiding from the UN inspectors etc.
Chretien tells TV host he believes U.S. invasion of Iraq was for oil
By The Canadian Press
Mon. Nov 26 - 7:02 AM
MONTREAL — Jean Chretien believes the United States invaded Iraq for oil.
The former prime minister told the popular Radio-Canada television show Tout le monde en parle why he thinks U.S. President George W. Bush declared war on the Middle Eastern country in 2003.
``There are some people who suspect it was oil, for the control of oil. . . ,'' Chretien said in French during the interview, which aired Sunday evening.
The show's host, Guy A. Lepage, then told Chretien he thinks everyone believes the invasion was for oil.
``Well, me too,'' Chretien said.
In 2003, Chretien said he would not send Canadian troops to Iraq without UN approval.
``Saddam (Hussein) was a very bad dictator, but he was not a religious dictator,'' he said Sunday.
``He fought against religious leaders in Iran, and that was an excuse (for the Americans) to go to Iraq. It doesn't make sense.''