Newly released documents reveal how already by 1999 Saddam & Co were producing easy to use improvised explosive devices — IEDs.
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Below is additional commentary from Ayad Rahim, translator of the documents analyzed above by Ms. Mylroie:
This small sample of documents on bomb-making in Saddam’s Iraq is a reminder of what the regime did while in power — specifically, that the business of Saddam’s Iraq was killing and destruction. I won’t delineate, here, its acts of aggression, genocide, terrorism, environmental destruction and daily degradations — I’ll leave that, for another time and place. In sum, though, Saddam’s reign of terror is responsible for killing two to five million people (trailing only Stalin, Hitler and Mao), including an average of hundreds of prisoners executed a day.
Iraqis are in no doubt that Saddam’s people are behind the major deeds of destruction of the past three years — that they, alone, know in detail the terrain and where the sensitive points are. Indeed, maps of electrical and water grids have turned up among insurgent caches, marked with the choke-points most likely to cripple Baghdad.
Thirty-plus years of controlling nearly every inch of the country — with the concomitant true-believers, spies and complicit criminals — did not evaporate, overnight. Last October, Saddam’s deputy, Izzat al-Duri, took pride in the “enormous accomplishment” made “in less than two and a half years,” and exhorted “mujahideen” of the “holy jihad.” A year ago, a Baathist statement took responsibility for assassinating politician Mithal Alusi’s two sons, and vowed they wouldn’t miss him, next time.
For kidnappings, only regime insiders know which people to target, where they live and work and where their children go to school. Plus, the regime possesses a ready-made network of neighborhood spotters. The February bombing of the shrine in Samarra required detailed knowledge of the site. Regime elements know where policemen breakfast. Thirty-five years of being in control of the populace’s lives, with files on all, assured such knowledge and resources.
Before I left Iraq one year ago, a television program showed a video clip of Saddam’s Fedayeen cutting out the tongues and chopping of the heads of three men in Nasiriyah in 1998. Saddam made an art of terrorizing and intimidating Iraqis, knowing which buttons to push.
After his downfall, Saddam created Jaysh [the Army of] Muhammad, and instructed supporters who wanted “to fight the jihad for the sake of God” to join the Army. Other known Baathist groups include the Army of the Mujahideen, the Ansar al-Sunna Army, the Islamic Army, the 1920 Revolution Brigades and the National Islamic Resistance. Former regime clerics Ahmed al-Kubaysi, Harith al-Dhari, and Mehdi il-Sumayda’i lead the Association of Muslim Scholars.
Muhammad Abu Nasr, a prominent regime propagandist, issues a daily newsletter of resistance activities called Mafkarat [Diary of] al-Islam, reporting on “explosive-laden cars” and “Iraqi resistance fida’i fighters” by Mecca time. They are joined by Quds [Jerusalem] Press, Islam Memo, al-Moharer (the Liberator), Free Arab Voice, albasrah.net and uruknet.info. Americans may perceive many of these entities as “Islamic,” but they are all essentially Baathist.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online