media and saddam
saddam's bomb: a 2001 bbc report
In the wake of the US and British bombing of Iraq, investigative film maker Gwynne
Roberts finds evidence that suggests that Iraq may already have developed its own
nuclear weapons. "Leone" emerged from out of the shadows outside my hotel in Suleimaniya, northern Iraq, on a bleak, misty night in January 1998 - just as the crisis between the United States and Iraq over arms inspection was reaching fever pitch.
abc news connects saddam and osama bin laden in 1998
This 2.5 minute report from ABC World News makes a strong case for the connections between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
You can watch the VIDEO HERE. This video clip streams from a remote server and cannot be downloaded.
An MP3, audio-only version of the report can be downloaded here.
the new yorker in 2003
(Courtesy of Brothers Judd) New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote:
The United States has been wrong, politically and morally, about Iraq more than once in the past; Washington has supported Saddam against Iran and overlooked some of his bloodiest adventures. The price of being wrong yet again could be incalculable. History will not easily excuse us if, by deciding not to decide, we defer a reckoning with an aggressive totalitarian leader who intends not only to develop weapons of mass destruction but also to use them.
Saddam's abdication, or a military coup, would be a godsend; his sudden conversion to the wisdom of disarmament almost as good. It is a fine thing to dream. But, assuming such dreams are not realized, a return to a hollow pursuit of containment will be the most dangerous option of all.
At the General Assembly, George W. Bush broadly sketched the crimes and treaty violations that Saddam has committed since the signing of the truce with the American-led coalition: the arrest, torture, and execution of dissidents; the harboring of and support for terrorists; the drive to stockpile biological and chemical weapons; and, above all, the unending effort to develop nuclear explosives—all in defiance of specific U.N. resolutions with which Iraq had agreed to comply. Iraq is not the only country on earth that falls into the modern category of "rogue states." But Saddam's record of murderous unpredictability, the scope and ruthlessness of his regional ambitions, and the scale of his wrongs make his a singularly threatening case. "We cannot stand by and do nothing while dangers gather," Mr. Bush said. About that he is right.
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