Hussein used radical Islam just like any terrorist....July 8 2004 at 11:13 AM
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It is a myth, that Hussein was maintaining a secular state, except in the sense that he made sure the mullahs knew who was pulling ALL the strings. In his latter years, he put the Islamic crescent on the flag, and started including Islamist rhetoric in most of his speeches. He was also in collusion with several terrorist-groups, including Al Qaeda, who had a top-ranking member in his fedayeen brigade, amongst other shadowy connections.
Perhaps the Gulf War accelerated this process of Islamist-terror collusion, but almost nobody argues that the Gulf War was unnecessary or ill-advised, these days. Are you saying that tossing him out of Kuwait was a bad idea? I hope not.
As for your last statement, I don't believe that's true. Did Bali have a strong presence in the Middle East? I don't think so. Most attacks have occurred either in the Middle East itself, or in Asia. Attacks are increasing in Western and Eastern Europe, however, despite the efforts of many countries in that region to appease the Islamists.