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Friday, June 11, 2004

There Are Terrorists in Iraq

The new prime minister, for example:
Iyad Allawi, now the designated prime minister of Iraq, ran an exile organization intent on deposing Saddam Hussein that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990's to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A., several former intelligence officials say.

Dr. Allawi's group, the Iraqi National Accord, used car bombs and other explosive devices smuggled into Baghdad from northern Iraq, the officials said. Evaluations of the effectiveness of the bombing campaign varied, although the former officials interviewed agreed that it never threatened Saddam Hussein's rule.
The Iraqi government at the time claimed that the bombs, including one it said exploded in a movie theater, resulted in many civilian casualties. But whether the bombings actually killed any civilians could not be confirmed because, as a former C.I.A. official said, the United States had no significant intelligence sources in Iraq then.
It's long past time for people to realize that "terrorism" is just a form of warfare, no more or less justified than any other form. It has been used for decades by socialists, capitalists, fascists, anarchists, Muslims, Jews, Christians, and atheists, generally when they faced an enemy that had far superior military power. The U.S. has probably supported more terrorists than it has opposed, and many, like Osama bin Laden, have been both supported and opposed by the U.S. Bombs dropped from airplanes or carried by missiles are just as lethal (usually more so) than car bombs or suicide bombs. All have been used on civilians; all have been used for political purposes. A real "war on terrorism" would be a determined effort to stop all wars, not a ridiculous effort to selectively attack one particular military tactic.