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To hear some Democrats bemoan the war in Iraq, you would think there was no link whatsoever between the fighting there and the war on terror.

The conventional claptrap is that President Bush mislead the nation by tying Iraq to terrorists. A rising tide of evidence suggests otherwise.

While Iraq has not been connected to 9/11, it has been directly linked to al-Qaida, whose handiwork in post-Saddam Iraq is unmistakable.

Authorities say one of Osama bin Laden’s henchmen, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, ran terrorists training camps in both Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s old news.

The latest intelligence suggests at least six contacts in recent years — some post-9/11 — between Iraqi officials and leaders of Mr. bin Laden’s scoundrels.

The most alarming account came from a leader of an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. He said bin Laden turned to Iraq for technical assistance in the use of chemical weapons — an area of deadly expertise that Saddam Hussein employed on his own people.

It’s also reported that from 1997 until last year , an al-Qaida militant traveled between Afghanistan and Iraq looking specifically to acquire poisons.

Yes, containment rather than war would have been the more prudent U.S. policy in Iraq. That said, those who whitewash Iraq’s conduct before the war are attempting to rewrite recent history before the ink’s dry.


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