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November 16, 2004
Looks Like A Link To Me

Those who keep claiming that Saddam Hussein had no links to terrorism have yet another report from which to avert their eyes. The AP reports that Congressional investigators keep documenting more destinations for the $21 billion Saddam stole from the UN Oil-For-Food program:

Saddam Hussein diverted money from the U.N. oil-for-food program to pay millions of dollars to families of Palestinian suicide bombers who carried out attacks on Israel, say congressional investigators who uncovered evidence of the money trail.

The former Iraqi president tapped secret bank accounts in Jordan where he collected bribes from foreign companies and individuals doing illicit business under the humanitarian program to reward the families up to $25,000 each, investigators told The Associated Press.

So Saddam stole money from the UN, most of it from the US and the West, and put a significant chunk of it into the pockets of the families that suicide bombers left behind. That certainly sounds like funding terrorism to me. While some people may argue that the Palestinians only targeted Jews, I'd say that targeting Jews counts. I'd like to hear someone offer a good reason why it doesn't.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 16, 2004 9:23 PM

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