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Many People Think Saddam Had Something To Do With 9/11—So What?

Much comment has been made about how many Americans still believe Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11. This despite the fact it has been shown time and time again this is not true. Often this observation is followed by a snide reference to the Bush administration’s use of the term “reality based community” and a lament that society is falling into an Orwellian hole of disinformation. 

Yet it is has always been the case that people believe all sorts of wrong things. Given some of the beliefs that have been widely held in American history, such as it is okay to keep slaves and that the only good Indian is a dead Indian, I find the commonly held notion that Saddam was linked to 9/11 to be fairly benign.     

The political and social environment is always full of error and misunderstanding. The hope is that whatever the people are getting wrong does not lead to some type of mass slaughter. Short of that, the liberal must do his or her best to help people and society find the right path.    

Or, if you get lucky, maybe whatever the people are screwing up will prove to be an error in favor of causes you support. Liberals will, like anybody else, take what they can get.       

August 18, 2006 - Posted by | Politics


  1. But hasn’t the mistaken belief in the collusion of Saddam Hussein with Al Quaeda made possible, through our ill-planned invasion and occupation of Iraq, the deaths of 2600 American soldiers, and up to 100,000 Iraqi civilians–all of whom are men, women, and children like you & me, who just want to work and make a life for themselves and their families? While the phrase “mass slaughter” is ambiguous, I think it’s fair to say that this belief, set in motion by an overzealous Bush administration, has caused quite a bit of pain and suffering in both Iraq and the U.S.

    One could argue, of course, that this is history and we should move on. And perhaps the current tragedy is that the administration has no answer for its obvious failures save, “if you don’t want to stay the course, you are a terrorist and a traitor”–a position that only produces a simplistic and false binary in an effort to demonize and ridicule its critics, and shuts down any real discussion of possible remedies for a rapidly deteriorating situation.

    Comment by Jeff | August 18, 2006

  2. Mr. Bush had been fairly clear while running in 2000 that he was going to invade Iraq and get Saddam. If it had not been one reason– it would have been another reason. It was the lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction that served as Mr. Bush’s main stated purpose to start the Iraq War. The reasons have morphed over time–after the deed was done– with the alleged Saddam/ 9/11 connection being just one of the explanations. The pain and suffering caused by the war is the fault of both Mr. Bush and his team and of the bad people in Iraq who keep planting bombs and blowing up innocent people.

    Comment by neilaquino | August 18, 2006

  3. You are correct, and you show me both the difficulty and necessity of being very careful to disentangle the layers and layers of distortions, falsehoods, and misrepresentations spun by the Bush White House over the last several years.

    Comment by Jeff | August 18, 2006

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