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Saddam Hussein Denied Ties To Al-Qaeda

Former Vice President Dick Cheney continues traveling the nation spouting his claims the invasion of Iraq was justified because Iraq possessed WMD and it had links to Osama bin Laden. When asked why the WMD have not yet been uncovered, Dick emphasizes just because they have not yet been found, that doesn’t mean they never will. FBI interviews with Saddam Hussein have just been released. Saddam said he allowed the world to believe he had weapons of mass destruction because he was worried about Iran and wanted to frighten them into avoiding an invasion of his country. He also termed Osama bin Laden as a “zealot” and never had any dealings or connections to the man or his organization. Ironically, he told the FBI that he was so frightened of an Iranian invasion that he was prepared to seek a “security agreement with the United States” to avoid such an outcome.

We can only wonder how Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter and all the boys and girls at Fox News who had daily reports concerning the famous WMD and commentators like Bill Bennett who never hesitated to inform the American public President Bush was correct about Saddam Hussein’s ties with al-Qaeda and his connection with the 9/11 bombing.

Does anyone believe Fox News will carry reports how they misled Americans. Or, should we more accurately say, how they lied to the American public?

An Egyptian Reviews Six Years Of Iraq War

Six years ago, the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld announced to a cheering neo-conservative media that Mission Accomplished and Iraq was now a free nation and America no longer had to worry about being destroyed by WMD from Saddam Hussein. Salah Hemeid, writing in Al Ahram, surveys the past six years for the people of Iraq. There was hope six years ago that getting rid of Saddam Hussein might usher in a new era of national reconciliation, peace and stability. “Sadly, the sounds and the sights of a war-torn Iraq are as much in evidence as ever,” writes Hemeid. Bombs, ambushes and kidnappings have returned with a vengeance to baghdad and other Iraq cities although they do not approach the levels of two years ago. Six years ago, George Bush promised freedom to Iraqis, but the sounds of ambulances echo through cities carrying bodies of those blown to pieces or wounded in the latest episode of violence.

The Obama announcement that American troops would withdraw within a year has been met with renewed violence by al-Qaeda and other militants. Hemeid notes the Awakening Councils which played a key role in diminishing violence are disintegrating and some Sunnis are rejoining insurgent forces. The Iraq government failed to hire Sunnis into the army and the result is more violence. The country’s rival factions have yet to resolve the conflict over power and the goodies that come with power.

“The anniversary could serve to remind Iraqis of the need to end their national political drama and, equally important, that the solution to their national crisis rests in their own hands.” No more accurate words could be written. The fault lies not in the stars but in themselves.

Was The Iraq Invasion Worth It?

Gwynne Dwyer, writing in the Jordan Times asks the basic question about the invasion of Iraq: “So, was i tall worthwhile in the end? That is a different question, because the implicit comparison is between the future of the country as it is now and the conditions that reigned five years ago when Saddam Hussein was still in charge. Even that comparison yields an ambiguous answer for Saddam’s Iraq was a secular society where pepple were safe unless they trespassed into politics, and women enjoyed an unusual degree of personal freedom. But it is also the wrong comparison…”

“Saddam was only executed a year ago, so he probably would still be in power today if the United States had not invaded Iraq, but he was not going to live forever. It’s not possible to know what would have followed him had he stayed in power and died a natural death, but would it have involved hundreds of thousands of Iraqis tortured, shot or blown up? Would it have led to the permanent alienation of Sunnis and Shiites? Probably not.”

Dyer believes “Saddam posed no serious threat to his neighbors, as his army was largely destroyed in the first Gulf War of 1991, and never rebuilt(due to sanctions). He posed no danger at all to the United States, since he had absolutely nothing to do with Al Qaeda(as was confirmed by a recently released Pentagon study of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents captured after the US invasion).”

“The real question is what will Iraq be like 20 years from now, and what would it have been like in 20 years if the United States had not invaded. But it can never be answered, because that alternative future was cancelled by the invasion.”