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Excuses, excuses.

Reader comment on item: Civil War in Iraq?
in response to reader comment: What is a "strategic tragedy"?

Submitted by Pat (United States), Mar 2, 2006 at 14:09

"Abu Nidal was an old and inactive member of a Palestinian group (most of Abu Nidal's terrorist activities in 1980s were with Yasser Arafat and PLO). He lived in many countries before he was in Iraq. In any case, he was an old and inactive man."

So were many of the Nazi war criminals who were found decades after the war. There was one in the US who had been an industrial worker and raised a family. He was probably in his seventies when he was identified, but being old didn't absolve him of responsibility. He still had to stand trial. We can find Osama in his nineties in a nursing home and he would still have to answer for his crimes. The same was true for Abu Nidal. He may have lived in many countries and every one that knowingly gave him refuge aided and abetted his terrorist activities. In any case, if Abu Nidal was old and inactive and, by inference, no threat to anyone then why was he killed? (Did he know something that he shouldn't?)

My point was that Saddam supported terrorists, of all stripes.

You can rationalize all you want, but the suicide bombings were financed by Saddam's money and it was a great incentive for families to kill their own. Everywhere you look, there's an excuse for Islamic violence. Hamas has an excuse for what it does. Al Qaeda has another. Hezbollah has still another.

Why not just admit it? And why not just say what it is you want: the rollback of the calendar to Islam's "golden age"?

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