Comments: Rules? In a knife fight?

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a nasty terrorist and no reasonable person will shed tears over his death. But as far as I know, there's little reason to link him to Saddam's regime. Here are three pieces, from February 2003, November 2005, and June 2006:
http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Anthropology/publications/General_Powell.htm
http://www.antiwar.com/orig/napoleoni.php?articleid=7988
http://www.antiwar.com/orig/oneill.php?articleid=9119
As the Telegraph notes, "Ansar al-Islam was able to develop relatively unhindered and beyond Saddam Hussein's control thanks to Western-enforced no-fly zones in the north of the country during the oil for sanctions programme in the 1990s."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/campaigns/iraq/uansar.xml

Posted by Aeolus at June 19, 2006 01:10 AM

Next candidate for summary zapping is Muctada al Sadr. He and his black headbands who do unspeakable evil in Basra and Bahgdad with Iranian cleric / mullah support. TG

Posted by TonyGuitar at June 19, 2006 12:13 PM

It would be refreshing if a tolerant wise and gifted Muslim leader were to come forward and lead followers to a more moderate practice of the faith.

It would be great if a peace loving charismatic Muslim leader were supported by good Muslims world wide.

A leader who was the antidote to the evil diseased leader known as Osama Bin Laden.

This is an invitation to Muslims who follow this blogsite to appiont and support the good and wise leader that you know could lead Muslims back to worldwide respect. TG

Posted by TonyGuitar at June 19, 2006 01:42 PM

Aeolus, sorry to be so long getting back to you -- this is the first day I've been able to log on.

Investigations into the extent to which Saddam had ties with al Qaeda is ongoing with too many little bits of information, too many rumours, and too many intelligent people taking the same data and reaching opposing views.

Heck, if I was going to indulge in speculation I might also note the proximity of the terror camp to the Iranian border (see Tony's comments above about al Sadr) and the number of intercepted couriers who had made their way from Afghanistan to Iraq through Iran.

My comments, however, were in response to a U.S. Congressman who said Zarqawi came to Iraq after the invasion and, as we've both noted, he was flat out wrong.

Posted by Debbye at June 20, 2006 12:08 PM