Actually Bush said that Saddam was developing nukes, NOT that he had them. The world also KNEW that his ego would NOT prevent him from pursuing any action that he wanted. Saddam started two wars of conquest, executed political & religious prisoners, committed multiple acts of genocide, ignited oil wells & oil fields that affected the atmosphere world wide & fired near countless Scuds at civilian targets. Saddam was an evil, egocentric mass murderer.<quoted text>
I wonder if there are any other countries that own WMDs and don't like America? Like 40 or so? Besides, GW specifically said he had nuclear bombs and his staff claimed they knew exactly where they were located. You ever wonder why almost all of our allies wouldn't touch his bogus war with a 10 foot pole? All those soldiers killed for nothing.
Those historic facts being said, I personally don't feel that the U.S. should have taken the lead in hunting Saddam down. Too late to dwell on that now. As far as certain allies not participating, most if not all were because of their own nations economic, political and social reasons at the time. Not merely nonsupport of U.S. actions. PLUS, many of them did not have the gonads to do the right thing about an egomaniac.