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October 12, 2005

Still Was the Right Thing

I heard a good observation from one of Bill Bennett's guys on his morning talk show (either Jeff or Seth, I forget which one). He first noted the recent report about an al-Qaeda internal memorandum that got intercepted.

Senior U.S. intelligence officials call a letter from al Qaeda's No. 2 man to its leader in Iraq "chilling" because of how "calm, clear and well argued" it is in urging preparation for a U.S. departure from Iraq.

This was from Ayman al-Zawahiri to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who had lived in Iraq at least a year before the war. Bennett's guy noted this point, since those who didn't want Iraq to be liberated contended that there were no terrorists in Iraq. Further, at the time Colin Powell was making the case for war with Iraq, analysts thought that the two organizations--al-Qaeda and Zarqawi's group--were rivals, and thus claims that Hussein was courting bin Laden were false.

But let's remember first that this is the Global War on Terror, not just on al-Qaeda., and terrorists were in Iraq long before we got there (and don't forget Abu Nidal). Secondly, this very high-level collaboration in "calm, clear" language doesn't sound like one rival to another.

The liberation of Iraq was the right thing to do, the snookering of the entire world on the WMD situation notwithstanding.

Posted by Doug at October 12, 2005 01:29 PM

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And it may come as no surprise to you that I say 'tweren't the right thing to do.

In fact, this action in Iraq is, I believe, a great argument for why war doesn't work as solution (especially such a questionable "pre-emptive" war).

I'll not argue that point here though, I'll simply ask, "Right" by whose definition? By the definition of Jesus who taught us to love our enemies? Whose word teaches us to overcome evil with good? That teaches us, Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit...?

Right to kill tens of thousands of innocent civilians to save them? Right to commit war crimes to end terrorism? Right to "snooker the whole world about WMD" to argue that we need to build more WMDs ourselves?


Posted by: Dan Trabue at October 13, 2005 11:38 AM