Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Developments in the War Against Terror

"Un-Possible!" is the headline of a brief article at Dean's World, which refers the reader to a much longer article at the CNS (Cybercast News Service) website. The article, "Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties," written as a special report by Scott Wheeler, details documents captured during the U.S. occupation of Iraq which indicate connections between the government of Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Given that the Democratic nominee for President, Sen. John Kerry, has, for all intents and purposes, accused President George W. Bush of lying about both these situations, the documents, if their veracity can be established, would certainly seem to vindicate the President's decision to move against Iraq in the "War on Terror." The first of the forty-two pages of documents is dated January 18, 1993, some two years after the end of Operation Desert Storm. There is an apparent connection between this document, signed by Saddam Hussein, and the October 3,1993, ambush of U.S. Army Rangers in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Regular readers of this blog will recall that I had, and continue to have, reservations and concerns about both the war in Iraq, and the overall "War on Terror," and the larger implications of these for history and eschatology. These documents, if genuine, do not change the reservations or concerns; but, as we learn more about the nature of the threat to our national security, we can make more informed decisions about the road ahead -- not the least of which is the decision that will be made on November 2nd as to who is best equipped to lead us in the days and months and years to come.

As more information becomes available, I will certainly post links to it here.