Iraq: Terror Nation
Saddam-supporters who are posing as protestors have long denied Iraq's ties to terrorist organizations. You know, those groups whose members do things like blow themselves up or fly planes into buildings as a means of stamping out infidels.
Now, unfortunately, in a barbaric incident the Iraqis have made it as clear as it can be exactly who we are fighting.
At a checkpoint north of the city of Najaf, an unassuming cab driver waved to the American military for help. As some U.S. soldiers approached the car, the cab driver, Ali Jaafar al-Noamani, revealed to the world his true homicide bombing identity. He killed himself and at least four of our uniformed heroes.
In the face of all of this, if a question dared linger as to whether or not the Iraqi regime supports terror, Iraq's Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan definitively put any doubt to rest.
When asked specifically whether suicide bombings are an official course of action of the Iraqi military, Ramadan called the tactics "routine military policy." He also indicated that such actions were not limited to Iraq, but that Iraqi terrorists would "follow the enemy into its land."
Ramadan's puffed up attitude was apparent in the tenor of his statement to the assembled press regarding additional details about the atrocity. The Iraqi official declared, "This is just the beginning. You'll hear more pleasant news later."
There's no question that Ramadan has it backwards. I predict that instead things are about to get very unpleasant for the Iraqi V.P. and all of his diabolical buddies.
Iraqi deserters have told us about the form that some of the homicide bombings might take in the future. According to the deserters, the paramilitary loyalists, a.k.a. secret police, are coercing Iraqi soldiers to drive motorcycles laced with explosives into coalition forces and become homicide bikers for Saddam.
The method of persuasion being used by the Feyadeen loyalist secret police is to compel soldiers to become homicide bombers by threatening to torture and kill their loved ones. More of that sadistic Saddam stuff.
Guess terrorist vultures of a feather will flock together. The British military has received information from captured Iraqi soldiers that indicates another source of resistance in Iraq is none other than the terrorist organization behind the 9/11 attacks, al-Qaida. Members of Osama bin Laden's network are in the town of Az Zubayr, where they're coordinating grenade and gun attacks on the coalition.
When we compare the actions of a nation of terror with the coalition's approach to the war it's easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys. The truth is if it weren't for the self-imposed restraints we adopted to avoid civilian casualties, this war would've been over in a matter of hours. But the coalition nobly chose to use precision-guided bombs on carefully selected targets and deliver food and water to an oppressed people.
This stands out in stark contrast to the Iraqis' use of human shields, mass execution of civilians, fake surrenders and now the use of homicide bombers.
What we are seeing are the vile tactics of Osama bin Laden being carried out by a regime that must and will be changed. Now the world knows why.