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What has Saddam done to us, you ask?

A defiant Saddam Hussein, under intense international scrutiny for possible ties to terrorism, this week distributed $225,000 to 21 families of Palestinians killed in fighting with Israel, including $25,000 to the family of a Hamas suicide bomber.

In all, Iraq has paid more than $35 million to families of militants - including relatives of scores of suicide bombers - and slain Palestinian civilians in support of the 29-month-old Palestinian uprising against Israel.

I do believe there have been Americans killed in those suicide attacks, no?

There. Does that soothe your isolationist nerves about this war, now?

No? Didn't think so.

via tvh


Why would that make a difference? Say I send Sally Struthers sixty five cents a day to feed some homeless African kid, who then grows up to join a terrorist cell which blows up another american building. Does that mean that I'm responsible for that attack?

ummm, Chip, giving money to pay off people whose family members have commited acts of terrorism is just a bit different from feeding hungry children

Doncha think?

actually, you probably don't...

Chip's problem is he doesn't think. He reacts.

Cart before the horse and whatnot. You don't KNOW when you donate to the starving African kid that he'll be a terrorist. In fact, you hope that your generousity will prevent it.

Compare that to handing the suicide bomber's family $25,000 and saying "Good job, you raised him well. Congratulations!"

Gee, I guess that's NOT such a gray area.

France has sabotaged the U.N. - and even sabotaged NATO to a certain degree. It's time for the U.S. to devote it's valuable time - and considerable resources - to international bodies that actually PROMOTE freedom and democracy - what a concept!

Two such organizations are the Council for a Community of Democracies and Freedom House.

We should all also support organizations that promote freedom and democracy for specific countries, such as The Iraq Foundation and The Free Cuba Foundation

Are you aware of other international organizations which promote democracy and freedom? If so, please let me know. And help me and the rest of the blogosphere get out the good word.

It's time to move beyond the collection of human-rights-abusers and tin-horn-dictators which comprise today's so-called "United Nations." As George Will recently noted, the UN is not "united" - and many of its members do not truly represent their "nations." Many such members, in fact, brutally supress their own people - and improperly receive an imprimatur of legitimacy from their UN membership. We should NOT associate ourselves with these dictatorships - nor their benefactor, the UN.

Has anyone also considered pursuing the various Irish-American groups here in the US that provided considerable money and arms to the IRA?

What? You mean these good American people are just as guilty as those arab terrorists? No.

So what if Saddam pays the families of suicide bombers, it doesn't justify a US led invasion into Iraq. Or the "shock and awe" bombing of a predominantly urban nation.

Also interesting to note~
50% of the Iraqi population is under 15 years old.
The Pentagon predicts from 10,000 up to 500,000 civilian deaths in the event of a war with Iraq.
Just sayin'.

And how many deaths are predicted if there is no war in Iraq? Untreated childhood diseases, famine, torture?, political "disappearings"? What about deaths in other countries if there is no war? How many Israelis and Kuwaitis is it safe to risk?

If you're going to weigh the possible bad outcomes on one side of the debate, you have to weigh them on both sides.

Hell, I'm all in favor of taking out anyone who sends money to the IRA. Damn maniacs think they're still fighting the Battle of the Boyne. Cromwell is dead, assholes, and blowing up the babies of his descendents doesn't make you a proud Catholic avenger, it just makes you another motherfucking terrorist.