Here’s an interesting article on the recent poll – much ridiculed on the left – indicating that 70% of the U.S. public thinks there was some link between 9/11 and Iraq.
Okay, well, it’s not interesting. But the interesting thing is the difference between “proof”, and “evidence” – a difference that lawyers and 70% of the American public apparently understand.
Here’s the scoop: proof means that you know it’s true. It’s testable, it works forward and backward, there’s no other explanation, you are morally certain it is so. For example, if you walk into small, otherwise sealed room, and find O.J. Simpson standing over the bodies of a good looking blond woman with her throat slit, and an equally good looking sorta femmy-boy toy with his throat slit, and O.J. has a knife in his hands… well, unless you are the LAPD, you have proof that O.J. did it.
Evidence on the other hand is any fact that makes it more likely, or less likely, that a certain version of the events occurred. For example, you find the above mentioned bodies, shoe prints from O.J.’s Bruno Magli shoes, a blood covered knife with O.J.’s fingerprints, and a note, “I kilt da bee-otch” — well, then you have a pile of evidence, but it probably falls short of proof for some folks.
Let’s recap the Saddam/9-11 evidence really quickly.
There was a terrorist training camp at Salam Pak in Northeastern Iraq, where Al Qaida trained. Interestingly enough, it contained commercial jet fuselage mockups. Hmmmm… I wonder why.
A U.S. Circuit Court Judge from the 6th Circuit, now in Iraq to build a judicial system, wrote back to his hometown paper commenting on how he was skeptical about the Saddam/Al Qaida link, until he got a copy of Saddam’s rolodex of inner circle members. Turns out, a reasonably high ranking Iraqi intel member was assigned to the Iraqi consulate in Pakistan as a full time liaison officer to Al Qaida. The next week, the Circuit Court Judge wrote again, saying some men from Uncle (Sam) had confiscated the rolodex…
Al Qaida members were coming to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi intelligence officials.
Laurie Mylroie has documented Iraqi intel contacts with the circle of chaps responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing, and for the first World Trade Center bombing. She has also documented which high level FBI officials believe this theory is correct.
The anthrax used in the poisoned letters of Fall, 2001, contained a form of weaponized anthrax that was of much higher quality than anything previously produced by the U.S., or the Soviets. It’s not the kind of thing some half-assed mediocrity of a biologist would whip up in his garage.
Finally, the events post Spring 2003 have shown that Al Qaida is more than happy to coordinate operations with the secular Iraqis they supposedly loathed just a few months ago. So it’s not unthinkable.
Well, there you have some evidence. It’s not stone cold proof of Iraq Al Qaida ties, but it is some evidence of it.
Oh yeah, and one other thing.
The middle east is fucking broken. It is falling apart, a non-functional excuse for a culture. If middle eastern culture was a person, it couldn’t find its ass with its hands. The same culture that produces secular tyrants like the Sauds and Saddam produces religious would-be tyrants like bin Laden, and actual tyrants like Iran’s mullahs. They are sworn to destroy all Jews, sworn to destroy all westerners, and just last week Al Qaida announced that it is sworn to destroy tolerant western secular democracy.
Yep, the broken culture produces people who hate our guts, or who hate us because they are left with no other choice in life. That broken culture cause 9/11, and Iraq and Al Qaida are but two symptoms of the brokenness. That’s the real connection to 9/11.
And you know what? Seventy percent of Americans get it, even if the New York Times just can’t see it. And just ‘cuz the Times can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not true, no matter what the intelligentsia thinks. Like the evidence example – the Bruno Magli shoe print, the bloody knife, the note, the bodies – a lot of people have seen enough of the evidence to conclude it is proof. And if they haven’t gone that far, they’ve at least concluded that there is enough evidence to warrant some U.S. action.
This begs the question – what would it take to convince the left that the middle east poses an ongoing threat that cannot be deterred, contained, or defused? Something tells me that even definitive proof would not be proof enough…