The dump of Saddam’s captured documents has revealed a nifty nugget of news. Not that you will likely see this in the mainstream media. Here is paragraph as translated by Joseph Shahda:
The top secret letter 2205 of the Military Branch of Al Qadisya on 4/3/2001 announced by the top secret letter 246 from the Command of the military sector of Zi Kar on 8/3/2001 announced to us by the top secret letter 154 from the Command of Ali Military Division on 10/3/2001 we ask to provide that Division with the names of those who desire to volunteer for Suicide Mission to liberate Palestine and to strike American Interests and according what is shown below to please review and inform us. (emphasis mine)
So Saddam was calling for suicide bombers many months before 9/11 and years before we invaded, and his target included American interests. Those could be both local or abroad. Captain Ed of Captain’s Quarters Blog paid for two independent translations of the above paragraph from the original Arabic, and they came back with “and strike American interests” and “and to strike the American interests.” Captain Ed summarized the information this way:
This confirms that Saddam Hussein and his regime had every intention of attacking the US, either here or abroad or both, using members of their own military for terrorist attacks. That puts an end to all of the arguments about whether we should have attacked Iraq, we now know that Saddam and his military planned to attack us. This one document demonstrates that had we not acted to topple Saddam Hussein, he would have acted to kill Americans around the world.
UPDATE: Why “case closed”? Because this shows that Saddam had recruited suicide bombers to attack American interests — showing that destroying Saddam’s regime is an integral part of the war on terror, not a distraction.
Now knowing that the translation is correct, and that Saddam was serious in wanting to kill Americans, Captain Ed continues to connect some dots in his next post. Well worth reading it all.