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January 9, 2006

Saddam and the Terrorism Swamp

Posted by Dave Blount at January 9, 2006 5:12 PM

Anyone who does not understand that removing Saddam from power not only put an end to genocide, but was a critical step in draining the swamp where Islamic terrorism breeds, is encouraged to read this recent article by Stephen Hayes in The Weekly Standard.

Here's a highlight (bold emphasis mine):

THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.
The secret training took place primarily at three camps—in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak—and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis.

As Hayes observes, this information

exposes the flawed assumptions of the experts and U.S. intelligence officials who told us for years that a secularist like Saddam Hussein would never work with Islamic radicals, any more than such jihadists would work with an infidel like the Iraqi dictator.

"As much as we overestimated WMD, it appears we underestimated [Saddam Hussein's] support for transregional terrorists," the article quotes an intelligence official.

As much as we overestimated the patriotism of congressional Democrats, it appears we underestimated their ignorance if they really believe Saddam was not a player in the game of international Islamic terrorism.

Thank you V the K for the tip.

A terrorist in need of a shave.