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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Iraq connection to US terrorism

Opponents of our war effort in Iraq stress that the Hussein regime supposedly didn't have anything to do with Al Qaeda, and thus have no connection to attacking US. This really isn't true, in that there are at least lots of little ties to Al Qaeda.

Moreover, it's hard to gauge these things partly because these people generally don't have membership cards to give you for proof. They tend to purposely conceal member's names and minimize paper trails. That's part of the strategy.

HERE is one small thread, however, making a clear connection between activities in Iraq and terrorist plotting in America. The founder and the imam, Yassin Aref, of Masjid As-Salam mosque in Albany, New York were arrested in an FBI sting. They were plotting to help a terrorist (fortunately, an undercover FBI agent) assassinate the Pakistani ambassador in New York.

It's worth noting how we became aware of this crew. The imam's name was found in documents recovered a year ago in a terrorist training camp run by the Ansar al-Islam in Iraq.

Now, this guy seems to be relatively small potatoes. Catching him would not in itself be enough to justify the entire war effort.

However, with this in evidence, you can't say that there was no connection between the Hussein regime and terrorist plots against the US. This Aref jerk may not have been a card carrying member of Al Qaeda, but he was most definitely in the US trying to co-ordinate a terrorist attack.

Further, it seems reasonably likely that absent our invasion, this cockroach would have been recruiting some help from this Iraqi training facility. Also, we lucked out somewhat with finding his contact information. How many more such idiots have we got running around? Invading Iraq and shutting down their terrorist training camps and safe havens has likely disrupted the plans of a number of such people.

WMDs or no, this makes US a little bit safer.

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