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Did Saddam Hussein have weapons of mass destruction?

You’ve seen the bumper stickers, “Bush lied.” You have heard the idealistic talk about an impeachment and viewed the Democrats’ political commercials, “Bush: Misleader.” According to polls, most Americans believe that Bush either misled or possibly was himself misled by faulty intelligence on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

For the past three years, the news media has told us on a daily basis that Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction, no biological and chemical weapons. The rumors of a nuclear program were either fabricated or greatly exaggerated. Now America is in Iraq for a long duration and is responsible for needless suffering and shameful destruction. And so on.

Yet the Whitehouse still has on its web site a brief from 1993 explaining to the world America’s reasons for removing Saddam from power:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/nationalsecurity/disarm.html

Among the charges listed against Saddam:

In addition, British intelligence still stands by its claim that Saddam sought to buy uranium from Nigeria. It’s time for all of us to separate the facts from politically motivated rhetoric and examine these claims. There are mass graves of hundreds of thousands who died due to his use of these “weapons of mass destruction.” They are called WMDs for good reason.

We know for a fact that Saddam once had these weapons. He had them before the first Gulf War in 1990 and used them against Iranians and his own countrymen, the Kurds, in the 1980s. We are now hearing daily testimony in Saddam’s trial of inhumane torture, war atrocities and the attempted genocide of the Kurds. Just this week, a CIA leak confirmed that there are several hours of tape-recorded surveillance of Saddam bragging that he had these weapons and planned to use them against Israel and the U.S. We know that Saddam had WMDs at one time.

The logical question that few in the media ask is, “If he did not have them, then why would he risk his own destruction by not cooperating with the UN inspectors.” There can only be a few solutions to this paradox.

Logically, I cannot think of a fourth alternative. Email me if you think of one and I’ll add it to the poll at: http://forerunner.com/discussion.

You decide.

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Your comments are welcome!

A very simple concept is lost in these discussions.

Let me start with the hypothesis that reasonable people can question whether the evidence did or did not point to WMD, and the risk of being 'wrong' erred on the side of accepting a lower burden of proof.

But ... and this is the point that gets lost ... thanks to this uncertainty, the US forced Iraq to accept UN Weapons Inspectors, on the ground, with unrestrained access to sites and using US satellite information.

So a reasonable Administration might say "Saddam might have WMD - let's take a look."

Then the logic falls apart. An unreasonable Administration would say "Inspectors are on the ground, looking around? That's not good - they must leave the country - because I'm going to invade anyway."

Imagine if I accuse my neighbor of hiding illegal weapons - and the police thoroughly search his house - then I kill him anyway and in my defense I claim "but I thought he was hiding illegal weapons" - this seems to be the Bush Doctrine.

Posted by njjj on 03/25/2019 12:41 PM #

Live by the sword, die by the sword, brother. Serve Jesus or the United States; you can't have it both ways.

There are alternatives--we must love our enemies, and not return evil for evil.

Posted by Mike Morrell on 03/25/2019 12:41 PM #

What do you do about Romans chapter 13 which explicitly states that the civil magistrate has the authority to wield the sword?

Ought we as a Christian nation do nothing to defend against Islamic terrorism?

Or would you be like the weak Christian nations of northern Africa who allowed themselves to be over-run by Muslims in the eighth century onward and even paid tribute to a false god?

Posted by Jay Rogers on 03/25/2019 12:41 PM #

What you write is the common view.

That Bush invaded with only a vague idea that Saddam MIGHT have had a weapons program.

But as of February 2006, we have tape recorded conversations of Saddam (after 9/11) talking about his weapons program. We have him on tape saying that he thinks eventually someone will use a WMD within the borders of the United States.

Let me ask: When a major world leader has these discussions, when is the proper time to assume that he MIGHT mean it?

Posted by Jay Rogers on 01/03/2006 01:01 AM #

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