Saturday, July 03, 2004

As the Saddam Hussein... I want to call it a show trial, but he ain't pre-confessing -- trial gets underway, it's important to keep a couple of things in mind:

1) Like so much else about the case for war against Iraq, the story that Saddam gassed the Kurds is at best unproven, and at worst simply a convenient lie;

2) If Saddam had any connection to 9/11 -- any remotely provable link to al Qaeda at all -- don't you think we'd be trying him ourselves, for his crimes against us, rather than turning him over to the Iraqis?

That's the elephant in this particular living room. The simple fact that he is on trial in Baghdad, and not Washington or even the Hague, exposes the lie that far too many Americans still believe:

Last week the bipartisan commission investigating the 9/11 attacks said it did not find credible evidence of a "collaborative relationship" between Saddam’s regime and the Al Qaeda terror network. The poll finds that twice as many Americans believe that there was a partnership between Iraq and Al Qaeda when Saddam was in power than that there was no working relationship (56 percent and 28 percent)... A strong majority thinks it is likely that Saddam had prior knowledge of the September 11 attacks. Over two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) think it is "very" or "somewhat" likely Saddam knew about the attacks, while 23 percent think it is "not very" or "not at all" likely the former Iraqi leader knew about the plans.

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