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Tackling Al-Qaeda Easily?

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Submitted by Hari Iyer (United States), Oct 22, 2002 at 20:53

How about using Saddam Hussein to destroy Al-Qaeda and its terror linked organizations?

It is not a bad idea. Hussein is already ruthless and is loved by the "Aarabs on the street". He has spies everywhere. He has intelligence apparatus which does a lot of nasty jobs which our CIA and FBI wouldn't think of doing. His apparatus knows who the Al-Qaeda thugs are and where they are residing.

Make him a double agent. Two good things can happen. It is like using the Mafia to destroy the islamist thugs. In the process, if Hussein gets killed, then too bad.

We have to play the good cop and bad good routine. Our intelligence/CIA would be the good cop; Hussein's intelligence apparatus would be the bad cop....

If the North Korean dictator can pull his nuclear stunt and still remain in power with not much pressure from us, then Hussein can pull the same stunt.

Let's make him an offer he can't refuse: if he can help in eliminating this menace, he can keep his job without any of his mass destruction weapons.

Sometimes we have to be creative with our overall strategy. Ask him (privately) to recognize Israel as well. Why not shoot for the moon?

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