>Because combat forces were hiding in those neighborhoods. Even in >schools. Children either held weapons and joined them, or were used as >human shields while they shot at our troops. So yes, civilian buildings >became targets.
You are really over-simplifying a complex issue a bit too much.
human shields...yes it did happen. That the locals took up the arms, well, the foreign forces are seen as occupying forces.
And a myriad of other power-mongering groups (foreign and locals) popped up trying to fill the void created by the total removal of the previous authorities.
When Europe and Japan were invaded at the end of the second world war, both the military and civilian authorities were kept in place, just the higher ranks removed.
>Have you missed the point of the war on terror? There was indeed many >ties to terrorist organizations from Iraq. They were giving shelter (and a >place to 'train'), funding and so on... Do I need to list the deeds of >Sadaam and his generals? Just google it. Watch the footage of the Iraqi >people's reaction when word of Sadaam's death hit the street. Then say it >wasn't warranted or even appreciated.
Enemies of the US do make strange alliances (Venezuela/Iran), but Al-Qaeda was not an ally of Saddam.
The invasion was not even based on that but on the suspicion of weapons of mass destructions...which were never found.
Yes people were happy at first...then a massive chaos ensured, followed by the inability of the occupying forces to maintain a semblant of peace.
You seem to forget that more people dies in those 10 years of occupation than during the entire reign of Saddam.
Nobody in their sane mind would say he was a good guy or that his regime was justified.
But the cure was harshly paid and still is being paid by the Iraqi nation.