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  • I guess the camp at Salam Pak which trained people to take over commercial air liners, Abu Abbas' terrorist training camp and Ansar Al-Islam, all operating in Iraq with the support and knowledge of Saddam Hussein are just American propaganda?

    It's clear to me there's lots of evidence that Saddam Hussein was working with terrorists now, and more comes out daily.

    I'm more comfortable with control of the situation whether than just guessing who and how the terrorists are being supported.

    Since Saddam had not given up his expansionist goals, Iraq was building up their military at the expense of their people and continued to reaffirm their claim to Kuwait (in violation of the armistice signed in 1992, btw), I was very concerned that Iraq hoped to force the US out of the region with devastating terrorist attacks.

    The fact that 9/11 required only a $500,000 investment, but cost the US $700,000,000,000 in economic damage could not have been lost on Hussein.

    • $700,000,000,000?

      Yeah, without 9/11 we'd probably still be buying Yahoo stocks for $100+

      You really think you're safer now. Just because the terrorists can't stay in Iraq? Well, they're gonna move somewhere else. The US won't stop them with force before they either colonized the whole and I don't think that's anyone's plan.

      Ok, I admit I think that is Bush's plan but his mom said she'd be mad if he did it.

      • Yes, $700 Billion in economic damage.

        Remember it closed the US Stock market for almost a week. The World Trade Center was in the heart of the economic district. The insurance industry is still very shaky. Airlines and the travel industry in general took a huge hit. It did a great deal of damage to the overall economy.

        • You really think you're safer now. Just because the terrorists can't stay in Iraq?

        Yes, I think I'm safer when we go out and actually do something about the problem rather than just

        • Yes, I think I'm safer when we go out and actually do something about the problem rather than just quivering in our basements and hoping they won't hurt us again.

          'Something', in this case, has yet to be seen as effective. Simple economics dictate that -- currently -- it's cheaper for a 9/11 than a War On Iraq. It's cheaper for someone to become a banana republic dictator and crash a plane into a building than it is to build the building, or build the infrastructure that produced the building, etc.

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    • Sigh. Any Al-Qaedaish operations in Iraq were occuring in the Kurdish territories over which Saddam had no control owing to the US-imposed no fly zone. Saddam did not have expansionist goals, per se. Learn your history about the Iraq/Kuwait border and learn something of the circumstances surrounding Iraq's post Iran war economic plight and what the dispute with Kuwait entailed.