May 12, 2004 - Many critics of America's war in Iraq have maintained that there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and terrorism, and certainly no connection to Al Qaeda.
There have certainly been many problems with this war. The U.S. badly underestimated the number of troops it would need, and failed to plan adequately for the aftermath.
But the problem with the war was not a lack of justification for going in.
To those who deny a Saddam/terrorism connection, please consider the following remarks by Secretary of State Colin Powell, spoken at the United Nations in February, 2003:
"Iraq and terrorism go back decades. Baghdad trains Palestine Liberation Front members in small arms and explosives. Saddam uses the Arab Liberation Front to funnel money to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers in order to prolong the intifada. And it's no secret that Saddam's own intelligence service was involved in dozens of attacks or attempted assassinations in the 1990s.
"But what I want to bring to your attention today is the potentially much more sinister nexus between Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network, a nexus that combines classic terrorist organizations and modern methods of murder. Iraq today harbors a deadly terrorist network headed by Abu Musab Zarqawi, an associate and collaborator of Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda lieutenants."
It was Abu Musab Zarqawi and his gang who savagely beheaded American contractor Nick Berg, filmed it, and posted the video on the internet.
Transcript of Powell's U.N. Presentation. cnn.com, February 6, 2003.
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