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Saturday, September 06, 2003

Posted by Jake
Hussein Link to 9/11 Lingers in Many Minds (washingtonpost.com)

Nearing the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, seven in 10 Americans continue to believe that Iraq's Saddam Hussein had a role in the attacks, even though the Bush administration and congressional investigators say they have no evidence of this.

1. Although a direct link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda remains to be shown, there were many al Qaeda-like organizations such as Ansar al-Islam that were functioning with impunity in Iraq. Now al Qaeda appears to be flocking there to fight the US. So while they may not be under the payroll of Saddam, getting Saddam was a means to the end of getting al Qaeda.

2. The American people realize on a visceral level what legislators fail to understand. Even though there is not direct link between Saddam and al Qaeda, their willingness to use terrorism and their hatred of Western, democratic values implies a certain moral equivalence.

This poll doesn't show that the American people are stupid -- although they may be poorly informed. It shows that they understand that Saddam and al Qaeda are equally dangerous and deserving of the same response.


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