But Dr Blix said most international lawyers believed these arguments would not stand up at an international tribunal. "Some people maintain that Iraq was legal. I am of the firm view that it was an illegal war. There can be cases where it is doubtful, maybe it was permissible to go to war, but Iraq was, in my view, not one of those." He said he agreed with France and Russia, who argued that further UN authorisation was needed for military action. "It was clear that a second resolution was required," he said. In the run-up to war, he said the US government was "high on" the idea of pre-emptive military action as a solution to international crises. "They thought they could get away with it and therefore it was desirable to do so."
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