Larry Elder

 What about the Jordanian interception of 20 tons of chemicals, including VX and sarin, brought in from Syria by an al Qaeda cell? Remember, former weapons hunter David Kay said, "We know from some of the interrogations of former Iraqi officials that a lot of material went to Syria before the war, including some components of Saddam's WMD program." Terrorism expert John Loftus said that the terrorists caught entering Jordan probably intended to kill as many as 80,000. "Syria does not make VX nerve gas," says Loftus, "only Saddam Hussein did." Loftus also said, "There's no doubt these guys confessed on Jordanian television that they received the training for this mission in Iraq."

 Former Clinton CIA Director R. James Woolsey believes that Iraqi WMD-related material "probably" entered Syria months before the war. Woolsey also notes that Iraq admitted making 8.5 tons of anthrax, which -- reduced to powder  -- could fill a dozen easily portable suitcases, and that "Iraq's ties with terrorist groups in the '90s are clear . . . with a decade of connections between Iraq and al Qaeda, including training in poisons, gases and explosives. There was no need to show that Iraq participated in 9/11 . . . describing occasional cooperation of the sort that is well chronicled was quite sufficient."

 What about the discovery in Iraq of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) tipped with sarin gas, and another with mustard gas? What about Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent public statement that he warned the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein intended to attack America! "After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and before the start of the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services several times (emphasis added) received information that the official services of the Saddam regime were preparing 'terrorist acts' on the United States . . ." said Putin. "This information was passed on to our American colleagues."

 Osama bin Laden, in 1996, issued a fatwa in which he called it the individual duty of every Muslim to kill American military personnel abroad. His 1998 fatwa added civilian targets: "The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilian and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it." When asked, bin Laden later elaborated on using WMD: " . . . Acquiring (chemical and nuclear) weapons for the defense of Muslims is a religious duty. To seek to possess the weapons that could counter those of the infidels is a religious duty."

 Yet many Americans believe the following: America went into Iraq for oil; Bush lied to build the case for war; Bush drove us into war to benefit his rich friends in Halliburton; and the war in Iraq diverts our attention and resources from the war on terror.

 Fortunately, the president correctly and boldly recognizes Iraq as an important front in the War on Terror. Stay the course, Mr. President.


Larry Elder

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