Risking Israelis ire, US takes 1,350 Palestinian refugees
Once again an issue Bush refused to defend himself on. Bush had a great record on anti-terrorism, and never got much credit for anything.
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“When pressed for specifics Degn said that Hussein's regime, like many other Middle Eastern groups, used the “Hawala” system to secretly move money to al Qaeda and made it nearly impossible to “prove” in a legal system that the transfers took place. The “Hawala” system uses multiple layers of middle men couriers to transfer money and leaves no paper trail, making tracing such transactions virtually impossible.
Degn said that Iraqi assistance given to al Qaeda also included safehaven. Degn said al Qaeda used that safehaven for at least two training camps in Western Iraq and the Anbar province. Degn argued that Saddam Hussein's government was certainly aware that the provision of safehaven was being used for these camps. (Related: Captured Iraqi terrorist says al Qaeda had camps in Saddam's Iraq)”
There is no doubt.
In the drooling, Bush hating atmosphere of the 2008 election; common sense and intuition was thrown out the window.
Of course Saddam was supporting our enemies.
There was plenty of evidence to show this if someone was willing to have an open mind and not be driven by Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS).
After the cruise missile strikes in 1998, Saddam offered sanctuary to Al Qaeda from their position in Afghanistan. OBL chose not to accept the offer but the blind insistence that AQ and Saddam had not working relationship was ridiculous.
And yes there was evidence of 911 involvement as well. I think the Bush administration rightly decided not to rest the case on the 911 link but the BDS crowd that insists on zero relationship is absolutely lying to appease their own ideological zeal.
The removal and just hanging of Saddam will stand as one of the great moral victories of the 21st century and a repudiation of the essence that was the 20th century.
The partisans will not be able this emerging historical reality.
Many of us, from the finding of a dead Abu Nidal in Bahgdad, had all the proof we needed.
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“Former civilian senior Intelligence/Policy adviser to Iraqs Ministry of Interior, detainee screen/interrogator, talks about former Iraqi regime and terrorism”
SNIPPET: “Former regime’s links to al Qaeda
When asked about recent media reports citing Saddam Hussein’s denial to the FBI about links to al Qaeda Degn viewed these reports as part of an ongoing attempt to rewrite history saying these reports stand in stark contrast to what he saw and heard firsthand in Iraq. In fact, Degn said that to many of the detainees links between Saddam Hussein’s regime and terrorist groups including al Qaeda was not even a point of contention but freely acknowledged. Many of the high value detainees took it as a given that their captors were aware of Iraq - al Qaeda links. Some even bragged about those links.”
(July 8, 2009)
Bookmark for later. I have had no doubts however, Saddam and members of his secret service etc., had agreements with various Sunni based radical groups among them al Qaeda as it now is defined. To many bits and pieces have leaked out over the years to convince me of this.