Saddam Hussein supported terrorists, in violation of the 1991 cease-fire with the United States, and in violation of several related U.N. resolutions.
Saddam sent cash to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers who had murdered Israelis. Saddam provided safe homes to three especially notorious terrorists Abdul Yasin (1993 World Trade Center bomb chemical mixer), Abu Abbas (planner of deadly 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship) and Abu Nidal (leader of a string of attacks from 1974 to 1991). Saddam also may have allowed medical care in 2002 to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a former al-Qaida affiiliate and now leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.
Philippines connection. Now add another Abu to Saddam’s list of violations of international law: the terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf.
The Weekly Standard reports:
Saddam Hussein’s regime provided financial support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq.
An eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was providing the group with money to purchase weapons. The Iraqi regime suspended its support -- temporarily, it seems -- after high-profile kidnappings, including of Americans, focused international attention on the terrorist group.
International lawlessness. So let’s recap some of Saddam’s cease-fire violations, each one of which effectively amounted to a declaration of war on the U.S. and the world:
* Saddam supported terrorists, in violation of U.N. Resolution 1373 and other resolutions.
* Saddam continued his repression and mistreatment of the Iraqi people, in violation of U.N. Resolution 688.
* Saddam failed to return 600 Kuwaiti prisoners of war and one American, Navy pilot Michael Scott Speicher. This was a violation of U.N. Resolution 686.
* Saddam failed to comply with U.N. trade sanctions, and when the Oil-for-Food program was established to direct money for food and medicine to the Iraqi people, he siphoned billions of dollars from that program, too. This was in violation of U.N. Resolution 986.
* Saddam failed to cooperate with U.N. arms inspectors to show he had destroyed his chemical and biological weapons. This was a violation of U.N. Resolution 687 and other resolutions.
And to think, some people in the Free World actually wanted to leave Saddam in power. They asked: What had his regime done so wrong?