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Dr. Frank links to a frightening article in today's WSJ.

The point of this article is not to link bin Laden with Saddam, but rather to show that they are of one mind when it comes to America. They think so much on the same lines, in fact, that Saddam nearly predicted the attacks of September 11, 2001.

More recently, and eerily, a July 21, 2001, commentary in the Iraqi publication Al-Nasiriya praised bin Laden: "In this man's heart you'll find an insistence, a strange determination that he will reach one day the tunnels of the White House and will bomb it with everything that is in it."

The article recounts bin Laden's attacks on U.S. targets and U.S. efforts "to pressure the Taliban movement so that it would hand them bin Laden, while he continues to smile and still thinks seriously, with the seriousness of the Bedouin of the desert about the way he will try to bomb the Pentagon after he destroys the White House."

On September 20, 2001,Saddam's son/evil henchman Uday wrote about anthrax, as well as a few cryptic lines about Iraq watching the Afghanistan war from the sidelines, but "there is nothing wrong with Iraq turning from a spectator to an active player on its territory to restore the north, which has been out of its control since 1991there is nothing wrong with Iraq turning from a spectator to an active player on its territory to restore the north, which has been out of its control since 1991 but, "there is nothing wrong with Iraq turning from a spectator to an active player on its territory to restore the north, which has been out of its control since 1991."

No, I am not reaching to conclude that bin Laden and Iraq are indeed working together. I am just saying that their goals are the same and their methods are similar. They are both our enemies.

The first enemy, bin Laden, struck without provocation. Is there any reason to doubt that Saddam would do the same?

Comments

Well, yeah, there's good reason to doubt that Hussein would "strike without provocation". Unlike bin Laden, Hussein is the head of a nation and is interested in holding on to power not only for himself, but for his family and cronies.

Bin Laden is better compared to George W -- both "born-again" rich kids

Oh, that's so true. Why I remember when W said, "There shall be a storm of airplanes into every mosque throughout the Muslim world, and the Arabs shall suffer a rain of fire and death. God has willed it!"

Meanwhile, Saddam was opening a shelter for elderly gay battered teenage Jewish mothers.

Brett,

Have you been smoking PCP again?

You know what the doctor said the last time, and that doesn't take into account what the police said they would do if they caught you at the pipe again.

Put the keyboard down and get some rest. Your brothers and sisters will need your strength and brains tomorrow at the rally...

NOT!

The best way for Saddam to get revenge is to supply international terrorists with money and weapons that are difficult to trace back to him. Wouldn't you say?

Especially given that the naysayers have shown, repeatedly, that their standards for evidence are so high, nothing short of a criminal trial's level of evidence would satisfy them--and even then they'd spend months debating it, and some would still never be convinced.

Angie - a whole bunch of civilians died during the liberation of Afghanistan, so yeah, Bush must have said that.

Mike S - without that daily jolt of ozone, I'm useless. Thanks for caring!

Dean - If revenge is his goal, which is debatable (his history shows him to be a rabid nationalist, not particularly interested in much outside of his own country and immediate neighbourhood), then it might make sense to give aid to terrorists. But would it make sense for him to give money and/or resources to Islamic fundamentalists whose stated goal is to overthrow him as well? In a region that's already crawling with fundamentalists who are getting plenty of support from places like Saudi Arabia? And, considering that in his own country, the largest religious group is Shia Muslims?

And I boldly predict: the US will win over Iraq. Big deal. Doesn't mean I have anything to do with it.