Some questions on Iraq

I thought that these were worthwhile questions to ask about the war. A few samples:

5. Is it not true that the intelligence community has been unable to develop a case tying Iraq to global terrorism at all, much less the attacks on the United States last year? Does anyone remember that 15 of the 19 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia and that none came from Iraq?

15. Are you aware of a Pentagon report studying charges that thousands of Kurds in one village were gassed by the Iraqis, which found no conclusive evidence that Iraq was responsible, that Iran occupied the very city involved, and that evidence indicated the type of gas used was more likely controlled by Iran not Iraq?

23. How can our declared goal of bringing democracy to Iraq be believable when we prop up dictators throughout the Middle East and support military tyrants like Musharaf in Pakistan, who overthrew a democratically-elected president?

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2 responses to “Some questions on Iraq

  • Ashton

    Hmmm, “came from Saudi Arabia” is kinda ambiguous. Knowing that Ron Paul was the person who asked these questions, I can probably assume as to his interpretation, but where he obtains the info of “[coming] from Saudi Arabia” would be interesting to know and how those people interpret it.

    A couple possibilities of how some would interpret it: being born/raised/etc. in Saudi Arabia, then sent out to do their dirty work directly from that country; or just trained in Saudi Arabia, with no information given concerning their life’s history, such as the possibility of them originating from Iraq, Iran, or other countries.

    Just a thought… 😉

  • Seth Ben-Ezra

    Hey, Ashton!

    I don’t have a lot of time, so I’ll have to be brief.

    As best I can recall, the 9/11 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia. (I can root around for sources if you like; probably your best bet is the 9/11 Commission Report. I have the PDF, if you’re interested.) Now, that obviously doesn’t automatically implicate the government of Saudi Arabia. However, this does make a difference, because Saudi Arabia has vigorously enforced shar’ia law as part of its civil jurisprudence, because of the heavy Islamic influence. Iraq under Saddam Hussein, on the other hand, was an aggressively secular state. Saudi Arabia has more of a history of supporting the jihad than Iraq. But we still consider the Saudis to be allies, while Iraq got a load of bricks dropped on it.

    Those questions were from 2002, so more information has come to light. However, according to the 9/11 Commission Report, there was no evidence of any ties between Iraq and Al-Qaeda.

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