He associates with terrorists! William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.
Ummm...Hussein was no terrorist. Dude, everybody knows that...don't they?
But hey, at least McCain doesn't share a (gasp) name with said "terrorist".
Well he did pay suicide bombers in Israel 25k for attacks. link here. When was the last time you heard about a suicide bombing in Israel? There has to be a connection: That is the one good thing that has come of the invasion.
http://www.cbsnews. com/stories/2002/04/ 03/world/main505316. shtml my html linky no worky.
Why would someone take money to commit suicide? For their family?
By that logic, Hussein was also responsible for the 9/11 attacks since no one has intentionally flown airplanes into high profile American targets.
I'm not saying there is no connection with the Israeli bombings; I wouldn't know. But it is faulty logic to suggest that this is shown by quieter times since Saddam's arrest and execution.
I am not sure that it is perfect logic - there are many factors that contribute to waves of terrorirst attacks, but it is widely speculated in Israel that the removal of SH is the reason that there have been fewer bombings.
And many news organizations have reported that he gave 25k for suicide attacks and 10k for other types of attack. People would line up for their checks from PALF a pro-iraqi group in the territories.
As much as this sounds like the weird rumours or hate mongering that we hear from Fox et al, it am quite sure that it is accurate reporting. Read this one, too: http://news.bbc.co. uk/2/hi/middle_east/ 2846365.stm
I don't think you can connect the dots in the same way with 9/11 ;) I think if you are in a hopeless situation, your family is poor, and you are really angry and considering committing some kind of militant act, 25k will certainly help you make that decision. But I am no sociologist. Nor do I think it justifies the war.
And yes, the money went to the families. $35 million from the year 2000-2003.