Mar 26 2008
Just a year after 9-11 and the nation looks around the world to see where the next ones will be coming from. We had taken the save haven in Afghanistan away from al-Qaeda and the Taliban, but that was not enough to end the threat (only liberals are naive enough to buy that fantasy). As we looked at all the potential future allies of Bin Laden, a few stood out – and one supposedly had the WMDs that would make suicide bombers the equivalent of a B-52 or Nuclear ICBM submarine.
Think about that – the world’s greatest military power possibly neutralized by suicidal and destitute Muslims in cars or trucks driving to meet Allah.
While NK had the nukes, they were not part of the radical Islam circle. And while Syria and Iran were definitely worrisome Islamic nations, they did not have the WMDs. Only one person had the mix of hate of America, connections to terrorists and WMD knowhow to threaten America. And no liberal who moans about Iraq is willing to say they could guarantee – on their loved one’s lives – Saddam would not combine the three and try to let terrorists do his dirty work for him (and keep his fingerprints out of the crime scene).
We now know he did not have stockpiles of WMDs – but he definitely had the know how for chemical and biological weapons and had only suspended his nuclear weapons ambitions (the plans were discovered under a rose bush in one of the chief scientist’s gardens). In fact, the know how is the most dangerous. And how many do you need to wreck havoc? A handful at most.
A recent DoD study clearly shows Saddam’s ties to terrorist organizations, including one headed by AQ’s number 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri that was integrated into the al-Qaeda that attacked us on 9-11. So here we have a good sent of ingredients for possible future 9-11s.
Mark Eichenlaub sent me an email about his new article for National Review where he fills in more of the picture regarding the threat of Saddam to America. Clearly Saddam was using terrorist organizations to target America:
The files continued to detail orders for â€œoperatives (being) sent into countries around Iraq to attack American installations.â€ In these examples we have direct orders from Saddam to Iraqis and non-Iraqis to target and kill Americans.
The former regimeâ€™s documents also discuss a 1999/2001 plan called â€œOperation Basra Revengeâ€ that would have used missiles, rockets, and later suicide attacks with speedboats to â€œdestroy American and British naval vessels.â€ (This document was pointed out by the writer Scott Malensek.)
The report details the regimeâ€™s production of suicide vests, IEDs, and car bombs for plots that included targets in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Saddamâ€™s embassies in these countries were warehouses for missile launchers, plastic explosives, TNT, Kalashnikovs, booby-trapped suitcases, and grenades. These tools were all available to a regime that had internal orders to attack American civilians, military members, bases, embassies, and ships.
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: â€œEvidence 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.â€
al-Qaeda made a name for itself on 9-11. Saddam knew he could not get caught allying with AQ, but he had spent over a decade developing clandestine ways to use terrorists to his own goals. And since he was funding, training, supplying and ordering terrorists to kill Americans already, what kind of suicidal foolishness does it take to assume – with thousands of American lives in the balance – that Saddam would not contact is buddy Ayman al-Zawahiri and discuss how impressed he was with 9-11?
We don’t need proof he was guilty of being a threat. In war civil liberties go out the window and people need to chose sides. Saddam (and his enablers on the left) and to demonstrate Saddam would never be a threat, never reach out to AQ, never arm them with WMDs. And yes, I know it is impossible to prove that, which is why Iraq has been transformed into a democracy with leaders we can put at least some trust in. More than we could ever put on Saddam’s respect for humanity! This was our choice in 2002-2003. Trust Saddam to behave and use his WMD know how safely, or remove him from power.
We made the right choice. Especially since the fight for Iraq exposed the true nature of al-Qaeda to the Muslim community and the Muslim street finally did rise up – and start attacking and destroying al-Qaeda. AQ is no longer the generally accepted future of Islam it was after 9-11, it is now known by more than half the Muslim community as the enemy of Islam. Yes, Iraq was definitely worth the fight.