politics, history and the war on terror
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Still no connection..... 

Vacation pictures will be available late tomorrow.

I tried to use the traditional media as my primary news source, but it has become impossible to function. I decided I would log in, load Betsy’s Page & Instapudit, then terminate the painfully slow internet connection. These are the best two blogs available for a condensed look at the latest news and opinion; they cover important issues much better than CNN, MSNBC, FOX and networks combined.

This story from Betsy's Page caught my eye. In an interview with NBC's Tom Brokaw, Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi states Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda were associated. This interview demonstrates the cravenness of Tom Brokaw (and the media in general) as he blindly repeats the misrepresentations of the 9/11 commission’s statement about the links between Iraq & al Qaeda and inserts his negative take on the war.

Brokaw: I know that you and others like you are grateful for the liberation of Iraq. But can’t you understand why many Americans feel that so many young men and women have died here for purposes other than protecting the United States?

Allawi: We know that this is an extension to what has happened in New York. And — the war have been taken out to Iraq by the same terrorists. Saddam was a potential friend and partner and natural ally of terrorism.

Brokaw: Prime minister, I’m surprised that you would make the connection between 9/11 and the war in Iraq. The 9/11 commission in America says there is no evidence of a collaborative relationship between Saddam Hussein and those terrorists of al-Qaida.

Allawi: No. I believe very strongly that Saddam had relations with al-Qaida. And these relations started in Sudan. We know Saddam had relationships with a lot of terrorists and international terrorism. Now, whether he is directly connected to the September — atrocities or not, I can’t — vouch for this. But definitely I know he has connections with extremism and terrorists.
Tom Brokaw and the media establishment do not understand the extent of the war, how this is not just about who was actively involved with 9/11. The terrorist breeding grounds of the Middle East and other oppressive governments are the lifeblood of al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and other murderers bent on destroying our way of life. To the likes of Brokaw, we should only be hunting al Qaeda and the problem ends in Afghanistan. This is a dangerous worldview that sets American up for an attack far worse than we experienced almost three years ago.

The good news is Prime Minister Allawi clearly understands the nature of the war. He could have easily taken a pass on the question about al Qaeda, but answered them directly and truthfully. America needs allies such as this man, who has been at the forefront of defending America’s roll in the liberation of Iraq and the meaning of the war. May Iraq produce many such politicians such as he and we will have an easier fight ahead of us.

Posted by bill roggio @ 11:04 PM