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To: West Coast Conservative
This is begnning to make more sense.  Why would bin Laden issue a statement that included references to Iraq if there was no connection? 
 
http://www.ict.org.il/articles/fatwah.htm
 
Text of Fatwah Urging Jihad Against Americans

Published in Al-Quds al-'Arabi on Febuary 23, 1998

The best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against their territories being used to that end, still they are helpless. Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, in excess of 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.

Then there's this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1177581/posts

Report: Saddam offered bin Laden safe haven
Bradenton Herald ^ | JUly 24, 2004 | JIM LANDERS

In 1999, Saddam Hussein apparently invited Osama bin Laden to move to Iraq. In 2000, Iran reportedly "made a concerted effort to strengthen relations with al-Qaida."

 

And now we have this:

September 17, 2004

Evidence of intent -- but no WMD program
Details released on report by U.S. weapons inspector

Douglas Jehl, New York Times

Washington -- A new report on Iraq's illicit weapons program by the chief U.S. weapons inspector is expected to conclude that Saddam Hussein's government had a clear intent to produce nuclear, chemical and biological weapons if U.N. sanctions were lifted, government officials said Thursday.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/09/17/MNGA88QJIJ1.DTL

46 posted on 09/17/2004 5:23:05 AM PDT by Use It Or Lose It (Kerry can't run his own campaign....how could he run this country?)
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To: Use It Or Lose It

Thank you for those references. Does anyone recall seeing Sadam on TV on the day after 9/11 celebrating in the streets? We pounded him and showed what he was in '91. Sadam tried to have Pres.41 killed. Anyone who doesn't think he would have allied himself with ANYONE to take us out is dreaming. We've also found recently that Osama did not have the money we once thought. He was getting support somewhere.


We need to get out of the UN and get the UN out of the USA.


96 posted on 09/17/2004 9:37:59 AM PDT by JustAnotherSavage (If you don't like my peaches, don't shake my tree!)
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