Again Ray Robison, Richard Duniway and "Sammi" have been proven correct in their co-authored work, Both in one Trench. The book, providing translations and analyses of documents confiscated in Iraq in 2003 proves that Saddam had been working and funding the global Islamic jihad movement. He held power and control, yes. But to do that, he had to form alliances with those the media tells us he hated.
Echoing the very same assessment is today's Jawa Report, Syrian Intelligence Linked to al Qaeda in Lebanon".
Fatah al-Islam is an al Qaeda affiliated group in Lebanon. Why would Syria support an al Qaeda linked group when the Syrian Baathists are so deeply hated by the Islamists? The answer is that the Islamists aren't opposed to strategic alliances, even with regimes they consider 'apostate'.
Below quote is from the Jawa Report referenced NY Sun article, Syrian Intelligence Linked to Terrorist Group.
"Direct contact between some of Fatah al-Islam's leaders and some senior Syrian intelligence officers, which were revealed in the interrogations, are consistent with the suspicion that Syrian intelligence has used Fatah al-Islam to serve its political and security objectives in Lebanon," Mr. Siniora wrote, according to Mr. Ban's report to the Security Council.
For comparison, a summary by Ray Robison in the Introduction of Both in One Trench:
The Saddam regime supported Islamic terrorists the same as it supported other
‘secular’ terrorists. The key to understanding this issue is the logical distinction
between working with Islamic extremists to achieve mutual objectives outside of
Iraq versus having them exist uncontrolled inside Iraq. Saddam’s regime was “open
for business” to leaders from al-Qaeda, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the Taliban, Hamas,
Afghani warlords and other Islamic extremist organizations. A singular instance or
two of the Saddam regime meeting with Islamic terrorist leaders could possibly be
discounted in the overall scheme of things. However, document after document
indicates that Saddam’s strategy was to support Islamic terrorists to achieve mutual
objectives. His embrace of Islamic extremists, at odds with his supposedly secular
regime, was a survival technique.
Eventually the truth of Saddam, his nefarious contacts, hidden deeds and intents that most certainly did threaten the US will come out. In the meantime, the naysayers will have their day spreading lies and disinformation. Because of hatred for this country? Or because of sheer stupidity and an aversion to research?
Hard to say. But either one is unforgivable as it relates to the security of this nation.