With the Bush Administration’s ridiculous silence on the captured documents from the Saddam Hussein regime, it is up to us in the blogosphere to spread the word: Saddam’s ties to terrorists ran long and deep, and yes, that included al Qaeda. Of course, the average American wouldn’t know this from MSM, which has already misreported the inital reports on these documents, the National Intelligence, Estimate on Iran, and heaven knows what else. Still facts are stubborn things, and these documents reveal the facts for all to see.
In the early 1990s, Saddam asked his minions to list the “friendly elements” that he could use to hunt down Americans. His foreign intelligence chief responded thusly (Weekly Standard Blog):
In reference to your memo Top Secret Personal and Very Urgent 425/K dated 18 Jan 1993. Below are the groups with whom our agency has relations, and who have elements dispersed on the Arab land and have the expertise to carry out the aforementioned mission.
Among the eleven organizations listed were the one of the building blocks of al Qaeda – Egyptian Islamic Jihad (Ayman al-Zawahiri’s group, allied with bin Laden since the 1990s and an official part of al Qaeda since 2002) – and Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam, which spawned the Taliban.
These were the forces to whom Saddam looked when he wanted to kill Americans. No ties to terror or al Qaeda? That isn’t funny anymore.