Chuck Simmins responds to the lies

Rochester Moslems Call for Cure

Chuck Simmins was unhappy with an op-ed in his local paper by a Muslim group explaining how international terrorism is basically the fault of the United States. He contacted the paper, but since he wasn’t convinced a rebuttal he wrote would be treated fairly he posted it on his blog instead.

Here’s a slice:

Here’s the next lie up:

Our war on Iraq had no legal or moral justification.

The authors ignore the facts to make this claim. Iraq invaded Kuwait, and was defeated. As a part of the ceasefire, Iraq agreed to meet certain conditions. It repeatedly failed to do so, and was in persistent and continuous violation of the ceasefire right up until the United States invasion.

Next lie:

Iraq had no history of aiding and harboring terrorists.

There was the Abu Nidal organization, which was headquartered in Iraq from 1998 onward. There’s Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who with his fellow al Qaida terrorists, lived in Iraq from 2002 onward. There is the al Qaida affiliate Ansar al-Islam. Oh, yeah and Abu Abbas.

It’s a link-rich environment. And on target.


  1. It occurred to me, during all the talk about the 60th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of World War II, that we often hear that we had to fight Germany after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor because Germany then declared war on the United States. Germany didn’t attack us. Germany declared war on us. That was enough to justify the invasions of Northern Africa, France, Belgium and Germany. Only later did we discover the Holocaust, which alone was justification for regime change. (And we said ‘Never again.’) In the case of Iraq, as Chuck Simmins points out, Saddam Hussein continuously violated the 1991 cease-fire agreement, which was enshrined in more than a dozen U.N. resolutions. Saddam repeatedly violated U.N. Resolution 688 that required he stop repressing and otherwise mistreating the Iraqi people. Two hundred thousand executions, countless tortures and the total denial of the freedom to dissent are only part of his violations of that resolution. Saddam violated the resolutions barring support of terrorist groups. There were the three Abu’s he harbored, and the cash he paid to Israeli-killing suicide bombers’ families. He violated the resolutions that required he return 600 Kuwaiti POWs (and one American POW). We assume most of the 600 were murdered. He violated the resolutions on sanctions and the Oil-for-Food program, siphoning Iraqi oil money for himself and depriving starving and sick Iraqis of food and medicine. And he violated the many resolutions requiring that he prove he had destroyed his weapons of mass destruction. (There was no resolution requiring anyone to prove he had WMDs.) Saddam’s violations weren’t simply international lawlessness. They were violations of a cease fire with the United States. In other words, each time Saddam broke one of these cease-fire conditions, he was declaring war on the United States. When a fascist dictator declares war, take him seriously, take him on, and replace him with democracy. That’s the only good and durable response.

  2. You are spot-on, as usual, Frank. In fact, I’ve made the Pearl Harbor-Germany-North Africa point before. It’s a good one, and I think very relevant. Another way to look at it, apart from the UN Resolution and cease-fire violations, is that Militant Islam declared war on us, by both words and by actions, many times from 1979-2000. We chose to limit our response at best, basically ignore the declaration in most cases, and sometimes even retreated or surrendered at worst. That’s akin to, in 1940-41, either ignoring the fact that German U-boats were sinking American ships or halting aid to Britain in the face of the threat. And not increasing our military strength after German duplicity toward arms-limitation treaties had been revealed. Then standing by if/when the Nazis invaded Britain because it wasn’t a direct threat to us. FDR made a radio address on, of all days, September 11th 1941 that hits this nail on the head. I wrote about it some time back at