"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Thursday, November 18, 2004

"Iraq Had Nothing To Do With Terrorism"

We've heard this line--along with its variant, "the war in Iraq is a distraction from the War on Terror"--spoken by many who opposed the Iraq invasion. It is a lie.

Let's look at just one way in which it is a lie.

Jed Babbin, a former deputy undersecretary of defense in George H.W. Bush's administration, has written the following:

Among the documents the Israelis found [in their 2002 incursion into Arafat's Ramallah compound] were copies of checks paid through the Palestinian Authority to the families of the terrorist bombers. Typical, in the words of the Israeli [Defense Forces] report, is a check for $25,000, drawn on the Palestinian Investment Bank, payable to, "Khaldiya Isma'il Abd al-Aziz al-Hurani, the mother of Hamas terrorist Fuad Isma'il Ahmad al-Hurani, who carried out a suicide attack on 9 March 2002 in the Moment cafe in Jerusalem. 11 Israelis were killed and 16 wounded in the attack."

Recall that Saddam Hussein publicized his giving checks for $25,000 to the families of suicide bombers. This is a completely uncontroversial fact; he admitted it. And yet, some persist in asserting that Saddam had nothing to do with terror.

There are, of course, many other ways in which his regime was a sponsor of terrorism. For instance, the training camp at Salman Pak, however, I will save that for another day.