While the international community condemns recent
bi-lateral American/British air strikes against Iraq as inhumane
and unwarranted, I contend the President should be applauded for
his decision. Regardless
of what those over-taxed socialists of the Old World claim,
Bushís determination to attack a handful of military
facilities in the south of Iraq was not only the right thing to
do (under the guise of protecting U.K.-U.S. fighters from
trigger-happy radar installations), but also the only
alternative to counter a quickly modernizing Iraqi military
machine. For if the
United States had continued to allow Saddam Hussein to develop,
unchecked, his communication capabilities (among other
elements), his means to conducted a legitimate offensive against
Israel, Western Europe or even the United States would have been
Weíre not talking about antiquated analog receivers and
senders here, folks. The
devilish dictator was busy laying fiber-optic cables throughout
Iraq with the express goal of integrating his command and
control systems. Hussein
certainly wasnít hiring Chinese workers to lay the groundwork
for a massive Internet infrastructure!
No, the Iraqis are intent on linking the whole of their
military machine to be able to undertake a multi-pronged jihad-a
southern or western thrust into the heart of Kuwait or Saudi
Arabia and a Syrian-facilitated pan-Arab attack on Israel.
Fiber optics goes a long way in facilitating these
desires. So, call
my contention misplaced, but I ask anyone to tell me why Saddam
Hussein needs fiber-optic cables submerged in a country that
lacks any sufficient economic infrastructure to warrant their
these backwards peoples are primitive Bedouins that harbor
deep-seated suspicion of all western-originated economic models!
these sorts of developments were in the works.
Prior to the Gulf War, the Iraqis were vigorously
pursuing the prized nuclear gem along with delivery systems
(ICBMís) that could pack enough pay load to level, say,
Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. After
American victory in Desert Storm, a U.S. mandated UN special
commission saw to the destruction of medium range-ballistic
missile sites and chemical weapon research facilities.
Many so-called experts assured the rest of us that the
regionís roughish rouge was powerless, his development
capabilities set back decades.
they lied to us or Iraq is home to some brilliant technological
and scientific wizards. Or perhaps the dictator secretly (or openly) recruited the
likes of Russia and China to replace Iraqi weapons systems with
communismís finest. Regardless,
it appears that Saddam Hussein now has a fearsome assemblage of
weaponry and technological gadgetry at his disposal.
Consider the facts:
Besides the archaic SCUD missile, Iraq now has three
ballistic missile types. The Al Hussein, a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) with a
range of 400 miles, is able to strike Israel or any one of the
more moderate Arab nations that surround Iraq.
Additionally, Tammuz-1, an MRBM with a range of 1200+
miles, can reach Europe with ease.
Husseinís Al Abid missile can travel 1550+ miles.
The CIA surmises that Hussein will have in his clutches
in another decade a missile that has the ability to hit the
continental United States
The Greatest Threat: Iraq,
Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Growing Crisis in Global
by Richard Butler
Saddam's Bombmaker: The
Terrifying Inside Story of the Iraqi Nuclear and Biological
by Khidr Hamzah, Jeff Stein
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