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Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, July 14, 2003

The media and Leftist establishments have been trying since last year to pooh-pooh claims that Saddam had no al-Qaeda ties. In the typical attempt to pretend that the past just doesn't exist (why do you think history is so unimportant to the Left? WHen it doesn't exist they can feed you made up history, leaving out the bits that don't support their claims). Here, in an AP report, is a good round-up of the accusations.

In the weeks and months before the war, Bush and administration officials repeatedly said Saddam had ties to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups that could provide a pathway for weapons of mass destruction to find their way to terrorists. U.S. forces have not found any chemical, biological or nuclear weapons in Iraq so far.

"Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al-Qaida," Bush said in his January State of the Union speech.

"Secretly, and without fingerprints, he could provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists, or help them develop their own," Bush said.

At the time, many terrorism experts criticized the claim. They noted that Saddam's secular regime was just the kind of Arab government bin Laden's Islamic extremists want to replace. Critics also pointed out the lack of hard evidence of links between Saddam and bin Laden.

The administration's case apparently was persuasive. In a poll conducted last month by Knowledge Networks, 52 percent of those questioned said they thought the United States found clear evidence in Iraq that Saddam was working closely with al-Qaida -- although no such evidence has been found.

And here is how they obfuscate. See, before Cowboy Bush came along nobody ever suspected Saddam and al-Qaeda of working together. Problem is, such a claim is an outright lie. It requires ignoring what has been reported for years. Since at least the WTC bombing in 1993 there have been credible claims that Iraq has cooperated with al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups but, to admit and delve into this would deny a chance to smear the present Administration and the War on Terror.

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