1) iraq did not destroy the world trade center. 7th-century islamic fundamentalists did. iraq does not have a population of islamic fundamentalists any more than stalinist russia had a population of religious fundamentalists; iraq is a brutal and efficiently repressive dictatorship, but it is a secular dictatorship. in order for that mustached stalin-appreciating asswipe to stay in power as he has for the last 24 years, the last thing he can allow is iraqis who value allah more than they value saddam. so wake the fuck up.
2) at least 12 and possibly 17 of the 20 hijackers came from saudi arabia. osama bin laden came from saudi arabia. church and state are one and the same in saudi arabia. the holiest cities in islam are part of saudi arabia with zero degree of separation. in the videotape of bin laden bragging ofthe attacks to his pals in afghanistan, sympathetic saudi religious leaders are named. 7th-century fundamentalists come from 7th-century governments, such as the oligarchy that is saudi arabia. do the math.
3) iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were given to them by american corporations! when iraq’s neighbor iran underwent a religious fundamentalist revolutionin 1979, hussein, threatened by the religious influence, went to war with them almost immediately and our government allowed iraq chemical and biolgical agents to use to kill iranians! physician, heal thyself!
4) if i hear one more lefty idiot telling me that i caused all of this by voting for ralph nader in the 2000 election, i’m gonna start squeezing throats. it’s been decades since any president has truly been the commander in chief of the military-industrial complex of the usa. the last (and really, the only) president to warn the public about this was dwight eisenhower on his way out of office. what, do you think the guy who won world war II had limited credibility about this? what, you think the us government has become less beholden to private interests since the fifties? you think the dead silence on this issue by every successive president is because the problem went away? you think al gore wasn’t bought and paid for? you’re dreaming.
5) assuming the us kicks hussein out of bagdhad without needing three to ten times the number of combat troops currently marshalled (can anyone say selective service?) iraq will be in huge risk of falling apart into bloody pieces as yugoslavia and russia did without the iron heel of the head killer in charge. make no mistake, in order to not make the region much more unstable, the us will need to preserve the apparatus of repressive dictatorship even after we kill the dictator. consider this: as hanna arendt writes in her excellent book about nazi germany and soviet russia the origins of totalitarianism, in 1963, 18 years after the fall of nazi germany, there were 11,500 judges sitting on the bench in the democratic part of the country. 5,000 of these judges were active in the courts under hitler – and the nazis were in power for only 12 years -the ba’ath party have been running iraq for 35 years! run away! get out! stop!