Why we went into Iraq.

We went into Iraq two accomplish three goals:

1. Take away Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. No matter what anybody says, he did use them, he had them. Maybe he hid them while Bush was wasting time in United Nations – we will never know. But everyone, even anti-war France, Germany and Russia believed that he did have them. It was impossible to know for sure, and knowing that Saddam did use WMDs in Halabja in March 1988 (and other times as well – Human Rights Watch report here), it was beyond reasonable doubt that he possessed WMDs. To say that existence of WMDs was a lie is exploiting 20/20 hindsight for political gain – nobody could know for sure, except for Saddam himself, and he made everything possible to make people think he did possess them.

2. To fight Al-Qaeda on their turf – well, we got what we wished for, did we not? Aby Musab Al-Zarqawi was what? Al-Qaeda! Al-Qaeda is the driving force of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq. We got what we wanted – the battlefield full of Al-Qaeda as far away from USA as it can be. It does not make sense to invade Greenland to fight Al-Qaeda, but it does make sense to invade Iraq to fight Al-Qaeda!

3. To remove the most egregious funder and supporter of terror. Some quotes from State Department release:

In April 2002, Saddam Hussein increased from $10,000 to $25,000 the money offered to families of Palestinian suicide/homicide bombers. The rules for rewarding suicide/homicide bombers are strict and insist that only someone who blows himself up with a belt of explosives gets the full payment. Payments are made on a strict scale, with different amounts for wounds, disablement, death as a “martyr” and $25,000 for a suicide bomber. Mahmoud Besharat, a representative on the West Bank who is handing out to families the money from Saddam, said, “You would have to ask President Saddam why he is being so generous. But he is a revolutionary and he wants this distinguished struggle, the intifada, to continue.”

Iraq shelters several prominent Palestinian terrorist organizations in Baghdad, including the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), which is known for aerial attacks against Israel and is headed by Abu Abbas, who carried out the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro and murdered U.S. citizen Leon Klinghoffer.”

Iraq shelters the Abu Nidal Organization, an international terrorist organization that has carried out terrorist attacks in twenty countries, killing or injuring almost 900 people. Targets have included the United States and several other Western nations. Each of these groups have offices in Baghdad and receive training, logistical assistance, and financial aid from the government of Iraq.”

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