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Sunday, October 19, 2003

Various liberal politicians and media outlets, such as Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, virtually all the democratic presidential candidates, the New York Times, and The Nation have with an increasingly hysterical tone stated that there is no evidence of an Iraq - Al Qaeda link and that President Bush lied about Saddam Hussein's connection to terrorism. So let us see what we do know about Saddam Hussein's connections to date:

- Stephen Hayes reported in the July 11 Weekly Standard that the official Babylon Daily Political Newspaper, published by Saddam's son, Uday, ran a "List of Honor" in its Nov. 14, 2002, edition. Among 600 leading Iraqis named was: "Abid Al-Karim Muhamed Aswod, intelligence officer responsible for the coordination of activities with the Osama bin Laden group at the Iraqi embassy in Pakistan."

- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, director of an Afghan al Qaeda camp, fled for Baghdad after being injured as the Taliban fell. He received medical care and convalesced there for two months. He then opened a terrorist base in northern Iraq and arranged the October 2002 assassination of U.S. diplomat Lawrence Foley in Amman, Jordan.

- According to Richard Miniter, author of the best-selling "Losing bin Laden," "U.S. forces recently discovered a cache of documents in Tikrit, Saddam's hometown, that show Iraq gave Mr. Yasin both a house and a monthly salary." Al Qaeda member Abdul Rahman Yasin was indicted for building the bomb that exploded beneath the World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993, killing six and injuring some 1,000 New Yorkers.

- While sifting through the Mukhabarat's bombed ruins last April 27, the Toronto Star's Mitch Potter and the London Telegraph's Inigo Gilmore discovered a Feb. 19, 1998, intelligence memo marked "Top Secret and Urgent." It said the agency would pay "all the travel and hotel costs inside Iraq to gain the knowledge of the message from bin Laden and to convey to his envoy an oral message from us to bin Laden."

- His Salman Pak terror camp trained hijackers on an actual passenger jet.

- On Jan. 5, 2000, Ahmad Hikmat Shakir — an Iraqi airport greeter reportedly dispatched from Baghdad's Malaysian Embassy — escorted Khalid al Midhar and Nawaz al Hamzi to a Kuala Lampur hotel where these two September 11 hijackers met with September 11 conspirators Ramzi bin al Shibh and Tawfiz al Atash. Five days later, Mr. Shakir disappeared. Qatari officials arrested him on Sept. 17, 2001. They discovered papers tying him to the 1993 WTC plot and "Operation Bojinka," al Qaeda's 1995 plan to atomize 12 jets over the Pacific.

- Ansar Al-Islam, an Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group was allowed to set up shop in northern Iraq and train several hundred members there. After the camp was destroyed, several samples of Ricin were discovered at that location, the same poison discovered in terror plots in London and Paris earlier this year. Several bags of the bean that serves as the basis for the production of Ricin where found hidden and mislabeled in an Iraqi storage facility.

It is very difficult to argue that there was no connection to terrorism. Yet do not expect a change in attitude from liberals. Absent of video of Saddam Hussein discussing the 9-11 plot with Osama Bin Laden they will continue to insist that there is no evidence.


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