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The African Bombs; More Criticism of US Iraq Policy

Iraq News, AUGUST 12, 1998

By Laurie Mylroie

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I.   DAILY TELEGRAPH, WAS SADDAM BEHIND THE AFRICAN BOMBS?, AUG 12
II.  JERUSALEM POST EDITORIAL, THE NEED TO PURSUE STATE SPONSORS, AUG 12
III. JINSA, SUPPORT AN INSURGENCY TO OVERTHROW SADDAM,  AUG 10
IV.  NYT EDITORIAL, "DRIFTING TO A NEW IRAQ POLICY," AUG 12

  Ambrose Evan-Pritchard, writing in London's Daily Telegraph, Aug 12, 
made the argument for why the most likely suspect in the Kenya/Tanzania 
bombings is Iraq.  He made kind mention of work I had done on the 
Feb 26 1993 bombing of New York's World Trade Center, which "Iraq News" 
will discuss shortly, and which, in some ways, was the origin of the 
grievously misguided Clinton approach to terrorism, namely to treat it 
as a criminal issue, with the  focus on arresting perpetrators, rather 
than a national security issue, with the focus on state sponsorship.
  Indeed, the editors of the Jerusalem Post, Aug 12, took up precisely 
that issue with regard to the bombs in Africa.  "Fighting terorism is 
not a matter of 'solving cases' with courtroom-level standards of proof, 
but acting quickly and decisively against known terrorist and their 
bases of support.  As the recent bombings show, the price of not doing 
so will be paid not just by the United States, but by defenseless 
nations chosen by terrorists to become part of their global 
battlefield."

  And criticism of the Clinton administration's Iraq policy grows.  The 
Jewish Institute for Nat'l Security Affairs, Aug 10, reviewed recent 
congressional measures to get the administration to adopt a policy to 
overthrow Saddam by supporting an insurgency.  JINSA suggested, "The 
next responsible action for Congress to take is to provide the President 
with the military authority needed to take effective action against 
Saddam Hussein's illegal regime... Toward this end, legislation is being 
considered which would authorise the President to provide military 
assistance to the Iraqi National Congress (INC), the unified Iraqi 
democratic opposition to Saddam Hussein.  The bill would provide $100 
million (or more) in military drawdown authority to the President, 
allowing him to use existing Pentagon resources to run, equip, and train 
INC resistance fighters... This is the right bill at the right time."
  And the editors of the NYT, Aug 12, joined in the criticism of the 
administration's Iraq policy, "These first days of August have brought a 
disquieting retreat by the Clinton Administration on Iraq.  Without 
saying as much, the White House seems on the verge of altering seven 
years of American policy by letting Saddam Hussein slip free of the 
international effort to prevent him from developing a new arsenal of 
biologcal and chemical weapons.  That would be a grave mistake."