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Submitted by Aaron (United States), Dec 31, 2005 at 08:30

Daniel Pipes replies:

1) I was against the overthrow of Saddam Hussein until the sanctions regime fell apart in 1998 and ever since have supported that step. I do have criticisms of the post-Saddam effort, seeing it as too engaged, too ambitious, and too rushed.

2) I have always seen the war in Iraq has basically unrelated to the war on radical Islam.

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Aaron replies:

Dear Mr. Pipes,

You have made the point on many an occasion that, in order to win this war, we must know who we are fighting. While you claim to have always made a distinction between the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the war on radical Islam, most of this country has not made such a distinction (including the executive branch of our government). Notably, such a distinction has not been explicit in your writings.

I agree that we must know who we are fighting if we are to win this war. Towards that end, I encourage you to make a clearer distinction in your writings between the invasion of Iraq and the war against Islamism. As long as the majority of Americans (including the President) can't explain the difference between Hussein and Zarqawi, we have no hope of winning this war.

-Aaron
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Daniel Pipes replies:

I have indeed made this point about the overthrow of Saddam Hussein being unrelated to the war on radical Islam. Here is one example, a televsion interview dating from August 5, 2002 and located at http://www.danielpipes.org/article/439:

"Iraq is not a problem of militant Islam. Iraq is a problem of Saddam Hussein, who is a man without any ideology or any belief at all, except his own being in power. Militant Islam is a body of ideas which I would suggest is comparable to the role of fascism in World War II or Marxist-Leninism in the Cold War and now we have militant Islam as the key body of ideas in this war. It has nothing to do with North Korea as you pointed out and also nothing to do with Iraq."

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