LETTERS FOR DEC. 12
Your Dec. 1 issue reprinted a column, “The Iraq, al-Qaida Link,” which had been widely discredited after it first appeared. In the interest of fairness, readers should know how inaccurate this “news” was.
Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith sent a letter to Congress recently claiming new evidence of cooperation between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda. But this was old news.
According to the CIA and British intelligence, although al-Qaeda approached Saddam, he decided it wasn’t smart to be linked to Islamic terrorists.
A captured Iraqi spy reports that Osama bin Laden last tried to meet with Saddam in July 1999, when Saddam ordered his Intelligence Service to refrain from any contact with bin Laden or al-Qaeda.
Mr. Feith says that this must be false, because we know of training camps in northern Iraq with links to al-Qaeda. But northern Iraq was controlled by the Kurds, under the protection of U.S. planes patrolling the no-fly zone, not by Saddam!
Not even Mr. Feith claims that al-Qaeda operated in the part of Iraq controlled by Saddam. But the U.S. invasion of Iraq changed that. Al-Qaeda is now operating freely there. And every Iraqi whose village is wrapped in razor wire by U.S. troops is another potential recruit.
Mr. Feith attempts to distract us from the truth, which is this: the invasion of Iraq did nothing to deter terrorism, but instead did just the opposite.
In the Dec. 7 issue of the U.K. Telegraph, Lt. Col. Dabbagh, a senior officer in Saddam’s armed forces, states emphatically, “The West should thank God that the Iraqi army decided not to fight. If they had used these weapons (weapons of mass destruction) there would have been terrible consequences.”
Col. Dabbagh saw the chemical and biological weapons when they were delivered to his unit just prior to our military invasion of Iraq. These weapons had the capacity to be unleashed within 45 minutes of ordering their use. Col. Dabbagh claims Saddam had huge stocks of hidden arms all over Iraq ” chemical and biological weapons as well as conventional weapons.
So why didn’t they use them? Because the means of delivery was very primitive. Mostly shoulder fired weapons that could only be used on the battlefield. Inaccurate and short ranged weapons. The American advance was so swift that the Iraqis only had time to deploy chemical weapons around Baghdad, and even the Iraqi army would not use them for fear of killing many civilians.
So where are these WMDs now? Who knows. Buried in the sand? Removed to probably Iran or Syria? That remains to be seen. But it is a fact that Saddam posed a clear threat, particularly in light of his contacts with al-Qaeda, who we know wanted to obtain WMDs. President Bush and Tony Blair were right.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “Martin Luther King
I would like to respond to Bob Anderson’s favorite quotes with a couple of mine:
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” ” Ben Franklin
“Patriotism means being loyal to your country all the time, and to its government when it deserves it” ” Mark Twain
I was amused to see Hillary Clinton eating Thanksgiving dinner with the troops in Afghanistan. She was being totally ignored by all the male soldiers.
It suggested to me that all of the soldiers knew of the Clinton practice of not allowing uniformed military into the White House during their eight-year sojourn there. It was a despicable practice, which was so well known to the military that it can neither be forgiven, nor forgotten.
It was also a delight to see that the United Nations’ Kyoto Treaty has been rejected by Russia. Here was a treaty ” touted by Clinton and Gore ” which could have turned China into the world’s industrial power and crippled our industrial strength.
Can you imagine that if those in our country who tout the United Nations continue to be successful, although we provide 25 percent of the United Nations’ budget, countries such as Lesotho, Latvia, Rwanda, Ukraine and Yemen, etc., will always have the same voting strength that we have. Our Iraq episode should convince everyone that the United Nations can never be effective.
Think about it.
Richard T. Moolick
I am writing to honor the one-year anniversary of that sad closure of the Columbine Market, which was run by Howard Tuttle and Bob Hendee. It was my honor and privilege to stand beside them as one of their employees and to work beside all my fellow co-workers and you all know who you are.
To the people who came and shopped there, or those I delivered to, I miss you and thank you for three of the best years of my life. It was Dec. 7, 2002, when our doors closed one last time, leaving team Columbine jobless. We have all moved on and put the past behind us, but I think it would show disrespect to the business that made me and the people who helped me grow.
Columbine Market may be gone but for me it’s not forgotten. If there was a chance to see a re-opening, my name is in the hat. May you and your families have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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