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[casi] Wall Street Journal, Iraq & al Qaeda

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Dear Laurie Mylroie:

The argument below contains specious reasoning.  Iraq and al Qaeda
really don't see eye to eye.  Otherwise, up to the Gulf War, why would
Iraqi women be liberated enough to comprise "46 percent of all teachers,
29 percent of physicians, 46 percent of dentists, 70 percent of
pharmacists, 15 percent of accountants, 14 percent of factory workers
and 16 percent of civil servants"?  These statistics are from Samir
al-Khalil's (a.k.a. Kanan Makiya) The Republic of Fear.  The author goes
on to say,
"It has even been claimed that in the Ministry of Oil in 1980, 37
percent of the design staff and 30 percent of the construction
supervisors were women."

Al Qaeda would not need a connection with Saddam Hussein to prompt more
terrorism on America.  The motive could be simply hatred of perceived
injustice to their brothers and sisters in Islam.

Regards, Suzy Kane

-----Original Message-----
From: Laurie Mylroie []
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 8:19 AM
To: Laurie Mylroie
Subject: WSJ, Iraq & al Qaeda

The Wall Street Journal
Best of the Web Today
December 16, 2002
by James Taranto
[Excerpt on Iraq]
 <,2933,73050,00.html> Catching Some Aziz
How often have we heard members of the Leave Saddam Alone Coalition
insist that there's no connection between the Iraqi dictator and al
Qaeda? Yet these very same people, apparently oblivious to the logical
contradiction, insist that if America liberates Iraq, al Qaeda will step
up its terrorism as sure as night follows day.
In an interview with Fox News Channel's Tony Snow, Hussein henchman
Tariq Aziz made the same two incompatible claims. He said "we don't say
eye-to-eye" with al Qaeda. "We have a different ideology. We have a
different policy. They don't belong to us and we don't belong to them."
Yet just before he had answered affirmatively when Snow asked him if an
attack on Saddam's regime would prompt more terrorism against America:
"Certainly, certainly, certainly. People--the hatred against the United
States  will reach its peak."

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