Jewish World Review August 20, 2002 / 12 Elul, 5762
No proof of Saddam's wrongdoing? Yeah, right
Those who oppose war with Iraq argue that Saddam Hussein is too dangerous,
and not dangerous enough.
If we attack Iraq, and Saddam responds with weapons of mass destruction, we
could suffer a lot of casualties; Israel could be devastated; oil markets
could be roiled; other governments in the region could be destabilized, and
the Europeans would be in a snit, argues the New York Times.
Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft argued in the Wall Street
Journal Aug. 8 that there is no proof Saddam has nuclear weapons, or that he
has aided al Qaeda in its campaign of terror against the United States.
Though Saddam is a "menace" who wants to dominate the Persian Gulf, "he is
unlikely to risk his investment in weapons of mass destruction...by handing
such weapons to terrorists," Scowcroft said.
But on at least four occasions since the Gulf War, Saddam's intelligence
officers have furnished support to terrorists targeting Americans:
If we wait until after Saddam attacks us with nuclear or biological weapons,
we will have a casus belli that even Scowcroft and the New York Times would
recognize. But for millions of Americans, that could be too late.
- The first World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993 was organized by
Ramzi Yousef, whose escape from New York was facilitated by false
documentation that could only have been supplied by Iraqi intelligence, said
Laurie Mylroie in her book, "Study of Revenge."
Yousef traveled under a passport under the name of Abdul Basit, a Kuwaiti
national. To create a "legend" for Yousef which included genuine information
about Basit but with Yousef's fingerprints, someone would have had to have
had access to the files of Kuwait's ministry of interior, which was
controlled by Iraq, Mylroie said.
- On April 14, 1993, Iraq plotted to assassinate former President Bush
during a visit to Kuwait. Two Iraqi nationals were captured with a
sophisticated car bomb. They admitted under interrogation they had been
recruited by Iraqi intelligence, which supplied them with the bomb. After an
investigation, the CIA concluded "with confidence" that the recruitment of
the assassins had been authorized "at the highest levels" of the Iraqi
- In December of 1998, a plot to blow up Radio Free Europe in Prague was
aborted when Jabir Salim, second secretary at the Iraqi embassy in Prague
and an intelligence officer, defected. Salim was given $150,000 to hire
terrorists who would not be traceable back to Iraq. He told the CIA,
Britain's MI-6 and Czech intelligence the bombing was authorized by Saddam
- In April of 2001, Ahmad Khalil Al-Ani, the Iraqi intelligence officer who
replaced Salim after his defection, met with Mohammed Atta, leader of the
Sept. 11 hijackers, according to Czech intelligence. Some in the State
Department and the CIA doubt the meeting actually took place, but it has
been confirmed by the prime minister of the Czech republic, by his interior
minister, and by the deputy foreign minister who ordered the expulsion of
Al-Ani after the meeting.
There are other, less well documented indications that Saddam Hussein has
been waging a terror war against the United States:
- Ramzi Yousef's chief confederate in the first World Trade Center bombing
was Abdul Rahman Yasin, who fled to Baghdad after the bombing, where he
- Yousef, who now resides in a federal penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado,
was arrested after a plot he was hatching to hijack U.S. airliners in the
Pacific was discovered by Philippine police in 1995. His chief confederate
in that plot told authorities Yousef also had planned the bombing of the
federal building in Oklahoma City in April, 1993.
- Sabah Alami, an Iraqi military officer who defected in 1999, said that at
Salman Pak, a military base 21 miles from Baghdad, a Boeing 707 was
maintained on which terrorists were trained in airline hijacking and
sabotage. An intelligence officer who defected last year said "Islamicists"
had been training on the 707 as recently as September, 2000.
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