Sunday, July 10, 2016

Trump, Saddam, and Us

Yesterday, Donald Trump was at it again, defending and praising Saddam Hussein. To see the video, go here.
Trump has long said that Saddam, bad as he was, killed terrorists. Therefore, the U.S. and its allies should not have deposed him. This is what Trump said again yesterday.
Specifically, he said, “Do you know what he did well?” (Trump was speaking of Saddam, remember.) “He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read ’em the rights. They didn’t talk. They were a terrorist, it was over!”
LINK: Confronting the horrors of Iraq’s graves
No one wants to remember Saddam Hussein and Baathist Iraq — because everyone prefers to denounce George W. Bush and the Iraq War — but let’s review, just a little.
Saddam Hussein was a shelterer and funder of terrorists. Abu Nidal was in Iraq. So was Abu Abbas, the leader of the Achille Lauro hijacking. (This was the episode in which a wheelchair-bound American, Leon Klinghoffer, was shot in the head and dumped into the sea.) Zarqawi, of al-Qaeda, was in Iraq.
So was Khala Khadr al-Salahat, believed to have made the Lockerbie bomb. (More than 250 people were killed in that act of terror.) So was Abdul Rahman Yasin, a 1993 World Trade Center bomber. So, in all likelihood, was another 1993 bomber, Ramzi Yousef.
LINK: Saddam Rewards Suicide Bombers' Families
Saddam supervised terror training camps in his country. And, famously, or infamously, he paid the families of Palestinian suicide bombers 10 grand. Later, feeling more generous, he upped the reward to 25 grand.
Read the rest of Jay Nordlinger's op-ed HERE.

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