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March 16, 2004

Financing Terror

Ah...the wisdom of hindsight:

Madeleine Albright “never believed the link between Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda, and Islamic terrorism.”

Senator Ted Kennedy (D–Massachusetts) on October 16. “Iraq was not a breeding ground for terrorism. Our invasion has made it one.” “We were told Iraq was attracting terrorists from al Qaeda. It was not.”

Jay Rockefeller, senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee told the LA Times that Iraq’s al Qaeda ties were “tenuous at best and not compelling.”

The L.A. Times condemned Dick Cheney for “sweeping, unproven claims about Saddam Hussein’s connections to terrorism.”

Al Gore: “The evidence now shows clearly that Saddam did not want to work with Osama bin Laden at all."

Of course these same sources were singing a different tune during the Clinton administration...but no matter. They might want to reconsider their recent statements in light of Deroy Murdock's report documenting Saddam's ties to Islamic terrorism, including his support of some linked to al-Qaeda.

Ramzi Yousef, the Iraqi architect of the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) bombing which killed six persons and wounded 1,042 others, entered America on an Iraqi passport before fleeing after the attack on Pakistani papers. Abdul Rahman Yasin, indicted for mixing the chemicals in that WTC bombing, and still on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list, fled to Baghdad after the attack and lived there for years afterwards. Murdock adds that according Richard Miniter, author of this year's bestselling book, Losing Bin Laden, documents discovered by US forces in Tikrit, Saddam's hometown, showed that the Iraqi government gave Yasin both a house and a salary.
Saddam's terror links were most recently and openly on display in conjunction with Palestinian terror groups. In March 2002, Iraq's former deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz announced publicly at a meeting in Baghdad that Saddam Hussein would raise the reward given to the families of Palestinian “martyrs' (i.e.; suicide bomb terrorists) from $10,000 per family to $25,000.
On March 12, 2003, just eight days prior to the US-led assault on Iraq, Knight-Ridder reported from Gaza City that at a ceremony organized by the Saddam-backed Arab Liberation Front, “the families of 22 Palestinians killed fighting the Israelis each received checks for $10,000 or more, certificates of appreciation and a kiss on each cheek—compliments of Saddam Hussein.” Hussein's largesse proved increasingly deadly. According to Murdock, between March 2002 and March 2003 when the US forces closed own Saddam's "Terror, Inc.," 28 Palestinian homicide bombers killed 223 innocent people including 12 Americans, and injured 1,209 others.
And while Bill Clinton's former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright boldly declared in October 2003 that: she “never believed the link between Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda, and Islamic terrorism,” clues to those links too have been confirmed.
Murdock shows that Abu Musab al Zarqawi, who previously ran an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan and is currently at large, fled to Iraq and received medical care in Baghdad shortly after the Taliban fell. He then opened an Ansar al-Islam terrorist camp in northern Iraq and reportedly arranged the October 2002 assassination of US diplomat Lawrence Foley in Jordan. He has since been liinked to terror attacks against American troops in Iraq.
Back in January of 2002 Nawaz al-Hamzi and Khalid al-Midhar (9-11 hijackers who slammed American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon, killing 216 people) reportedly met Iraqi diplomat and VIP airport greeter Ahmed Hikmat Shakir in Kula Lampur, Malaysia. Shakir reportedly then escorted them to an al Qaeda 9-11 planning meeting. Shakir was arrested in Qatar six days after 9-11. Authorities then discovered documents linking him to the 1993 WTC bombing and al Qaeda's plot to blow up 12 American jets over the Pacific Ocean.
Significantly, a Clinton-appointed Manhattan federal judge, Harold Baer, recently ordered Saddam Hussein, his ousted regime, Osama bin Laden, and others to pay $104 million in damages to the families of the 2,750 victims of the 9-11 attacks on the Twin Towers. He found “by evidence satisfactory to the court, that Iraq provided material support to bin Laden and al Qaeda.”

Nope...no evidence of any ties between Saddam and al-Qaeda there. Nothing to see here folks...just move along. We should have left him in power - after all, there were no WMDs.

- Cassandra

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"Back in January of 2002 Nawaz al-Hamzi and Khalid al-Midhar (9-11 hijackers who slammed American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon, killing 216 people) reportedly met Iraqi diplomat and VIP airport greeter Ahmed Hikmat Shakir in Kula Lampur, Malaysia.... "


Care to explain how 9/11 hijackers could have met with anyone in Jan of 2002, when they had been dead for at least four months in the rubble of the Pentagon?

Posted by: Norman Pappous at Mar 1, 2005 9:21:42 AM

Norman it`s called a "typo" as in "Typographical error".
It should read "January 2001"
Hope that clears thing up.

Posted by: Joatmoaf at Mar 1, 2005 9:56:10 AM