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By Jihad El Khazen
July 27, 2005
On the day terrorism
returned to the streets of
I was struck by a photo' displayed with three different articles, showing Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden side by side under the heading “The Connection.”
[Editor's Note: Joeseph Goebbels said famously, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” He also said, “Truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State].
The first of the three articles was entitled, “The Irrelevance of an Oath: Zarqawi and bin Laden are Brothers in Arms,” written by Dan Darling, who in his opening line reports a letter from Zarqawi to the al-Qaeda leadership explaining to his “brothers” the nature of his work and goals. Thus, I understood that he must have been independent of al-Qaeda; otherwise he wouldn't have needed to explain something as elemental as his work and goals.—READ: 'The Irrelevance of an Oath: Zarqawi and bin Laden are Brothers in Arms'
The writer continues by revealing his evidence to confirm the relationship. He even denounces the denial of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of the connection between the two sides. Darling settles the issue by saying that the first one to address this connection was not Secretary of State Collin Powell, but Hans-Josef Beth, the head of the German Security Service's International Terrorism Department.
Should we take the information
revealed by Beth for granted? Some of the masterminds of the 9/11 events went
in and out of
Importantly, Al Zarqawi was
not practicing terrorism in
The second article that displays the photo' of Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden was entitled, “The Al-Douri Factor” also written by Dan Darling.—READ: 'The Al-Douri Factor'
This time, the decisive factor was the presentation of “reports” that don't have a source, but were asserted by the Hadramoot Arabic Network, which reported that a meeting between Izzat Al Douri and Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi took place, in the presence of the sons of the former Vice President, in an atmosphere full of “enthusiasm.”
The report also points to
a relationship between Al Douri and Islamist groups that seek to create a Jihad
against Americans. The writer then invokes Fox News, and a specialist in radical
Islamic movements at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Jonathan
Schanzer. In other words, he invokes a group of apologists for
More importantly, as indicated
by the previous article by the same writer, relations between Islamist groups
or with Zarqawi were non-existent before the occupation, so subsequently, the
occupation itself is responsible for that connection. In addition, those who
called for the war to serve
The photo' of Saddam Hussein
and Bin Laden was featured in one additional article written by Thomas Joscelyn
under the title, “The Four-Day War,” with reference to Operation Desert Fox,
or the air bombing of
Of course, no weapons of
mass destruction were found, and thus Saddam's obstruction was senseless. But
the article goes beyond all this to tackle the meeting between Saddam Hussein's
representative Faruq Hijazi and bin Laden in
Is all this true? The writer invokes Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra and some Arab newspapers. But there are certainly 1000 other newspapers that didn't state that the meeting took place.
The recurrent and most
important point in these articles is that there is no connection between Saddam
Hussein and al-Qaeda, as stated in official American reports issued following
the war on
But the lie will only be
believed by those who wish to believe, and it only emphasizes the failure in
combating terrorism. Is this what
The Weekly Standard issue
also published an article written by
The article is quite long, and the writer cites the comments of American leaders that Iraqis have participated in military operations and opposition against terrorists. Meanwhile, I have also read American news columns that state that the new Iraqi forces have lost the desire, or the will, to fight terrorists.
This Edition of The Weekly
Standard is a clear example of why the