The Connection, Illustrated

This site, by journalist Deroy Murdock, isn’t new, but I don’t think I’d seen it until today. It sets out, in simple form with lots of graphics, the history of Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorist groups. It’s a useful history lesson for those who haven’t followed closely the connection between Saddam’s Iraq and al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Murdock notes the many Americans who have been murdered by terrorists harbored or financed by Saddam. Some of the most recent information summarized in the Weekly Standard series we’ve linked to is missing, but in general, it’s a good summary.
Among the highlights are an aerial photograph and drawing, by an Iraqi soldier who once worked there, of Salman Pak, where Saddam maintained a terrorist training center, including a facility to train terrorists in airplane hijackings. Murdock concludes with a finding by a federal court that Saddam was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. He may well have been, but I don’t put any weight on the court’s finding, since it was a default judgment in a lawsuit. One event that Murdock leaves out–curiously, I think, but typically; it’s hardly ever mentioned when people talk about the reasons to get rid of Saddam’s regime–is his attempt to assassinate a former President of the United States. That alone would have doomed him, were I in charge.
This is the aerial photo of the Salman Pak terrorist training center; the airplane used to train terrorists in hijack techniques is plainly visible. Click to enlarge:

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