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Chilling Confirmation - Yes, Saddam Hussein was an Islamofascist threat.
National Review Online ^ | March 24, 2008 | Deroy Murdock

Posted on 03/24/2008 8:32:42 PM PDT by neverdem









Chilling Confirmation
Yes, Saddam Hussein was an Islamofascist threat.

By Deroy Murdock

As Operation Iraqi Freedom is now five years old, a new study confirms that ousting Saddam Hussein was justified and vital to U.S. national security. Though war critics hate to admit it, the Baathist dictator was up to his mustache in aid for Islamofascist terrorism.

As a report from the Institute for Defense Analyses explains, “captured Iraqi documents uncovered strong evidence that links the regime of Saddam Hussein to regional and global terrorism.” IDA’s review of some 600,000 documents discovered in Iraq since Coalition forces liberated Baghdad indicates that “from 1991through 2003, the Saddam regime regarded inspiring, sponsoring, directing, and executing acts of terrorism as an element of state power.”

IDA presents chilling details:

A May 1999 memorandum to Fedayeen Saddam leader Uday Hussein — the despot’s elder son — outlined a bombing and assassination campaign called BLESSED JULY. Among “50 Fedayeen martyrs,” selected from an elite terrorist-training camp, “The top ten will work in the European field — London.” The memo continues: “After passing the final test the Fedayeen will be sent as undercover passengers, each one according to his work site.”

A July 2002 weapons inventory of 12 Iraqi embassies, written just eight months before the American-led invasion of Iraq, found them far better armed than diplomatic security requires: “Vienna — Explosive charges, rifles with silencers, hand grenades, and Kalashnikov rifles. Pakistan — Explosive materials of TNT. . . . Thailand — Plastic explosive charges and booby-trapped suitcases. . . . Turkey — Missile launcher, missile, and pistols with silencers.” This document adds: “Between the year [sic] 2000 and 2002 . . . explosive materials were transported to the embassies outside Iraq for special work, upon the approval of the Director of the Iraqi Intelligence Service [IIS].”

Building car bombs became a bureaucratized task, as a summarized September 4, 1999, document illustrates.

“An approval memorandum from IIS Directorate 4 to Section 27 to load a vehicle with 50 to 75 kilograms [110 to 165 pounds] of explosive material and provide to the At Ta’mim Intelligence Branch [M52] for a ‘special duty.’” Further, an “Inspection Certificate Form” should verify the car bomb’s compliance with chemical, electrical, and mechanical standards. It also recommends using a Duracell battery given “the importance of the duty.”

A September 2001 Iraqi military-intelligence letter says “the Division Commands should launch a campaign among their members, supporters, and backers of the Party encouraging them to volunteer in suicide operations, and have them write volunteer statements, preferably in their blood.” It lists 43 such “suicide volunteers.”

The Fedayeen Saddam forwarded Uday Hussein a letter from Nazah, a widow requesting assistance with her husband’s pension. She recalls that “he carried out a suicide mission on 19 July 2000, and exploded himself at the [apparently Kurdistani] Ibn Sina Hotel during the presence of US and UK citizens. . . . ” She also mentions that he “Detonated a car [bomb] during the convoy of [former French first lady] Danielle Mitterrand in Halsabajah City, which killed forty enemies.”



A March 18, 1993 IIS memo to Saddam Hussein reads, “We list herein the organizations that our agency cooperates with. . . . ” Among nine terrorist groups, it cites Egyptian Islamic Jihad (“It carried out numerous successful operations, including the assassination of Sadat”), Abu Nidal’s Fatah — which killed at least 407 innocents, including 10 Americans — (“We have been in contact with the organization since 1973 and have provided financial and logistical support, such as vehicles” ), and the Palestine Liberation Front, whose terrorists murdered wheelchair-bound American retiree Leon Klinghoffer aboard the hijacked Achille Lauro ocean liner in October 1985. “Currently has an office in Baghdad,” the memo states. “They were assigned and carried out commando operations for us against American interests in the [1991] war.”

A July 28, 1998 letter specified three such missions:

-“Burning the American Airlines office in the Philippines.”
-“Placing an explosive device near an American base in Izmir [Turkey].”
-“Placing an explosive device on the pipe lines that carry oil to an American base in southern Spain.”

A January 1993 memo recorded Saddam Hussein’s decision to “form a group to start hunting Americans present on Arab soil; especially Somalia.”

Especially revolting were Baathist attacks on Westerners providing humanitarian assistance to Iraqi Kurds. A May 16, 1993, IIS letter to Iraq’s defense ministry notes that, “Since the beginning of the current year until now there have been four workers from non-governmental organizations killed, (two Kurds, one Belgian, one Australian), a hospital bombed, and dynamite exploded in trailers bringing aid to the Kurds. The deteriorating conditions forced the [Nobel Peace Prize-winning] Doctors Without Borders organization to leave the area at the end of April. . . . The operations referred to in the news above were executed by our Directorate in fulfillment of your excellent direction through some of the cooperatives and the National Defense battalions. . . . ” The aforementioned Belgian appears to have led Handicap International’s assistance to Chamchamal’s Prosthesis Hospital.

Uday Hussein writes his father in 2001 about “attacking the new Land Cruiser vehicle with the UN symbol. . . . There were four American citizens including one female in the vehicle.” After that February 19 Baathist bombing, Uday continues, “The results of the mission were the destruction of the above mentioned vehicle, the death of the head of the organization and the serious injury of the other three, including the woman.”

A December 8, 2001, Fedayeen Saddam letter reveals Uday’s Yuletide spirit towards relief workers in Kurdistan:

Your Excellency [Uday Hussein] ordered striking the dens and concentrating on the foreigners who work in the Northern Zone to frustrate their planning and their disgraced action. Two targets that are over populated with foreigners were specified; one of them will be done on Christmas night, and the other one will be done several days after the first.

Iraq-war critics dismiss all this and focus on one sentence in this 94-page paper: “This study found no ‘smoking gun’ (i.e., direct connection) between Saddam’s Iraq and al Qaeda.”

They also overlook this contradictory passage: “In pursuit of their own separate but surprisingly ‘parallel’ visions, Saddam and [Osama] bin Laden often found a common enemy in the United States. . . . Saddam supported groups that either associated directly with al-Qaeda (such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led at one time by bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri) or that generally shared al Qaeda’s stated goals and objectives.”

While Saddam Hussein may not have been Islamic terrorism’s Meyer Lansky, he was its Al Capone — a resourceful, cunning, and deadly gangster who America had every right, and indeed a vital obligation, to topple.

— Deroy Murdock is a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution.

© 2008 Scripps Howard News Service



TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
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1 posted on 03/24/2008 8:32:44 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Yo Deroy!!! You betta holla at ya boy Obama. He ain’t hip to the Saddam/terrorist tip yet. And he don’t wanna sound like a sucka out there on da stump!


2 posted on 03/24/2008 8:35:19 PM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 3, 2008)
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To: jveritas; eyespysomething

PING


3 posted on 03/24/2008 8:35:51 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
They also overlook this contradictory passage: “In pursuit of their own separate but surprisingly ‘parallel’ visions, Saddam and [Osama] bin Laden often found a common enemy in the United States. . . . Saddam supported groups that either associated directly with al-Qaeda (such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led at one time by bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri) or that generally shared al Qaeda’s stated goals and objectives.”

So Saddam supported groups that supported Al-Quaeda. That's why he kicked the weapons' inspectors out.

4 posted on 03/24/2008 8:42:29 PM PDT by TheThinker (Capitalism is the natural result of a democratic government.)
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To: neverdem

What a great article! I have posted the kink at several other boards arguing over the war in Iraq.


5 posted on 03/24/2008 9:05:55 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Not liking my choices in this election!)
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To: neverdem

What a great article! I have posted the link at several other boards arguing over the war in Iraq.


6 posted on 03/24/2008 9:06:16 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Not liking my choices in this election!)
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To: neverdem

for later
thanks for posting


7 posted on 03/24/2008 9:37:20 PM PDT by AprilfromTexas
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To: neverdem
"While Saddam Hussein may not have been Islamic terrorism’s Meyer Lansky, he was its Al Capone — a resourceful, cunning, and deadly gangster who America had every right, and indeed a vital obligation, to topple."

Perfectly stated. The entire article sheds lots of light where the Left media wishes remains hidden.

8 posted on 03/24/2008 10:09:53 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: neverdem
Thank you for this post.... and thank you Mr. Deroy Murdock for putting these facts all on one page.
9 posted on 03/24/2008 10:19:35 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: neverdem
B-b-b-b-but Saddam had nothing to do with terrorism!!!11

/du
10 posted on 03/24/2008 10:54:16 PM PDT by Uncle Ivan (I'm still with Fred)
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To: neverdem

bookmark for later printing.


11 posted on 03/24/2008 11:26:29 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: neverdem
A May 1999 memorandum to Fedayeen Saddam leader Uday Hussein — the despot’s elder son — outlined a bombing and assassination campaign called BLESSED JULY. Among “50 Fedayeen martyrs,” selected from an elite terrorist-training camp, “The top ten will work in the European field — London.” The memo continues: “After passing the final test the Fedayeen will be sent as undercover passengers, each one according to his work site.”

MAY 1999 : (UDAY HUSSEIN ORDERS PREPARATIONS FOR "SPECIAL OPERATIONS, ASSASSINATIONS, AND BOMBINGS " AGAINST LONDON, IRAN AND KURDISTAN IN NORTHERN IRAQ ------ See "BLESSED JULY") A new and highly illuminating article in Foreign Affairs draws on hundreds of Iraqi documents to provide a look at the Iraq war from the Iraqi perspective. The picture that emerges is that of an Iraqi regime built on a foundation of paranoia and lies and eager to attack its perceived enemies, internal and external. This paragraph is notable:

The Saddam Fedayeen also took part in the regime's domestic terrorism operations and planned for attacks throughout Europe and the Middle East. In a document dated May 1999, Saddam's older son, Uday, ordered preparations for "special operations, assassinations, and bombings, for the centers and traitor symbols in London, Iran and the self-ruled areas [Kurdistan]." Preparations for "Blessed July," a regime-directed wave of "martyrdom" operations against targets in the West, were well under way at the time of the coalition invasion [in March 2003].
Think about that last sentence.------ "Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection(Yes, Saddam financially supported terrorists)," Weekly Standard ^ | 03/18/2006 | Stephen F. Hayes

Trivia : MAY 1999 is also the month in which al Qaeda allocated funding for their bio/chem warfare program-- the "curdled milk plot" [see anthrax] ; it is also the month in which the founder of the American Iraqi Foundation - an Iraqi-American businessman, his wife and his son are murdered in McClean, VA.

12 posted on 03/24/2008 11:31:14 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: neverdem

Good article but it does not mention that Saddam was a U.S. Ally during the days of Jimmy Carter.


13 posted on 03/24/2008 11:36:51 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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Saddam's Terror Links (He Had Links to al Qaeda)

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14 posted on 03/24/2008 11:37:27 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: trumandogz
Good article but it does not mention that Saddam was a U.S. Ally during the days of Jimmy Carter.

What do you have that supports that? Iran was the U.S. ally in the region until Jimmy Carter dumped the Shah.

15 posted on 03/24/2008 11:49:22 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Saddam sought to have Iraq play a leading role in the Middle East. Iraq signed an aid pact with the Soviet Union in 1972, and arms were sent along with several thousand advisers. However, the 1978 crackdown on Iraqi Communists [10] and a shift of trade toward the West strained Iraqi relations with the Soviet Union; Iraq then took on a more Western orientation until the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

From Saddam's Wiki entry.

While Wikipedia does not out right say it, the Carter Administration warmed to Saddam in 1978.

16 posted on 03/25/2008 12:02:20 AM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: trumandogz
While Wikipedia does not out right say it, the Carter Administration warmed to Saddam in 1978.

I don't trust Wikipedia when it involves politics.

17 posted on 03/25/2008 12:14:14 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Are you saying that the U.S. never had a friendly relationship with Saddam?


18 posted on 03/25/2008 12:17:39 AM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: neverdem

Great article by Deroy Murdock. Thanks for posting.


19 posted on 03/25/2008 2:13:46 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: PGalt

ping


20 posted on 03/25/2008 2:32:37 AM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: trumandogz; neverdem

I’d say that. I’d say we had a pragmatic relationship with them, when it looked like the Iranians were going to overrun them. “Friendly”? I don’t think so.


21 posted on 03/25/2008 3:59:46 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (<===Typical White American)
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To: neverdem

And there are more documents that we translated and posted here on FR that showed that Saddam regime was strongly connected to terrorism. However the liberal and their media narrative was the following” “was Saddam involved with 9/11”, the answer is no, so according to them Saddam regime has nothing to do with terrorism.


22 posted on 03/25/2008 5:24:12 AM PDT by jveritas (Rush Limbaugh (El Zibo) for President (extreme sarcasm))
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To: trumandogz

We had a relationship the same way we had one with the ex-Soviet Union. Not a friendly one, not even very cordial. Remember what DeGaulle said: “countries don’t have friends, they have interests.” We judged Hussein to be less of a threat at the time than Iran. Nobody had any illusions about Hussein.


23 posted on 03/25/2008 6:12:15 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the post and great links.


24 posted on 03/25/2008 6:27:09 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (A typical white person..............................)
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To: neverdem

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25 posted on 03/25/2008 6:51:04 AM PDT by MadLibDisease (Proudly residing in Dar-al-Harb since 1959)
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To: neverdem

PING!


26 posted on 03/25/2008 8:18:35 AM PDT by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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Thanks neverdem.
National Review Online, Deroy Murdock

27 posted on 03/25/2008 8:58:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv
The Fedayeen Saddam forwarded Uday Hussein a letter from Nazah, a widow requesting assistance with her husband’s pension. She recalls that “he carried out a suicide mission on 19 July 2000, and exploded himself at the [apparently Kurdistani] Ibn Sina Hotel during the presence of US and UK citizens. . . . ” She also mentions that he “Detonated a car [bomb] during the convoy of [former French first lady] Danielle Mitterrand in Halsabajah City, which killed forty enemies.”

what's this? Saddam had a pension-plan?

28 posted on 03/25/2008 3:22:02 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (a fair dinkum aussie)
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To: SunkenCiv

Bump!


29 posted on 03/25/2008 5:18:19 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Fred Nerks

Sure, but neither he nor his sons lived to collect.


30 posted on 03/25/2008 9:45:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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