Posted by SAM on 26 March, 2008 at 6:36 am. 36 comments already!

On Saddam’s Order

The Iraqi tyrant didn’t “just” aid anti-American terrorist groups; he explicitly ordered them to attack.
By Mark Eichenlaub

Mark’s done a fantastic job of summarizing the latest 1600page Pentagon report that investigated and documented ties between Saddam Hussein’s regime and terrorists. His article is one that no one should miss (and not just because he mentions me 😉 ). Seriously, this is the overview that the media SHOULD have been reporting for weeks now. Don’t miss it.

All this capability would be meaningless, of course, if there were no intention of using it. The authors make clear that Saddam was willing to conduct anti-American terrorism, saying: “Evidence that was uncovered and analyzed attests to the existence of a terrorist capability and a willingness to use it until the day Saddam was forced to flee Baghdad by Coalition forces.”

Instead of squabbling over who is and isn’t a member of al-Qaeda and what the requirements of a “link” or “connection” are, this report details Saddam’s broad support for (and sometimes direction of) a multitude of terrorist groups targeting Americans and American allies. Based on the Iraqi Perspectives Project, Saddam’s Iraq did not just use terrorism against America and her allies but took advantage of “the rising fundamentalism in the region” as an “opportunity to make terrorism . . . a formal instrument of state power.” Because of Saddam’s removal, which came at considerable cost in American blood and gold, a “formal instrument” of state terrorism is no longer secretly plotting to kill Americans. The American public deserves to know what a threat was removed for that price.