Wednesday, November 09, 2005

In the Sandbox...

A Dose of Reality
"To the writer of the Oct. 28 letter “‘Reality’ requires truth”: Try some. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “fascism” as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” “Islamofascist” seems more applicable to the radical Islamic thugs we fight than to the U.S. government.

On Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons, peruse the 1984 report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Chemical Weapons I — “The absence in the sample analyzed in Sweden and Switzerland of polysulfides and of more than a trace of sulphur indicates that it is not of past U.S.-government manufacture, for all U.S. mustard was made by the Levinstein process.” This U.N.-sponsored report states the Iranians claimed the USSR supplied Iraq with chemical weapons, and that “France, alongside Czechoslovakia and both Germanies, is reportedly also rumored, among ‘foreign military and diplomatic sources’ in Baghdad, to have supplied Iraq with chemical precursors needed for an indigenous production effort.”

The writer’s denial of a connection between Saddam and Osama bin Laden is false. On April 27, 2003, the London Telegraph reported: “Papers found yesterday in the bombed headquarters of the Mukhabarat, Iraq’s intelligence service, reveal that an al-Qaida envoy was invited clandestinely to Baghdad in March 1998. The documents show that the purpose of the meeting was to establish a relationship between Baghdad and al-Qaida based on their mutual hatred of America and Saudi Arabia.”

There is your evidence, sir. Perhaps you would care to discuss why the U.S. sided with Iraq against Iran in the 1980s? Or don’t you want to discuss what Iranian Islamofascists did to the U.S. in 1979? You may keep your revisionist history book, sir, as I prefer to read nonfiction."
-Maj. John Harvey, Camp Liberty, Iraq (Stars & Stripes:Letters to the Editor)

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