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  •  Re: Saddam Captured; What's Next? (none)
    Chalabi may be saying trial, but Sistani will be the one who will run it if it happens. And if he isn't, millions will want to know why.
    •  Symbolic victory. (none)
      Good, he was a bad guy, he was captured. Clearly, he was not orchestrating the Iraqi resistance from his little hole in the dirt. That means that there will be momentary lapse in the fighting only to have it restart as the hardline militants and their growing organization get back on their feet.

      Instead of restoring Hussein to power, now the resistance organization wants to restore someone else, to be chosen later from the militants, to power.

      Fortunately, this happened early enough in the election cycle that all the propaganda about to emerge from the Bush administration will be in the memory hole by next fall.

      •  Re: Intelligence victory (none)

        Saddam was not captured in a big fire battle. He was captured because of intelligence sources established on the ground.
      •  Re: Symbolic victory. (none)
        That means that there will be momentary lapse in the fighting only to have it restart as the hardline militants and their growing organization get back on their feet.

        I wouldn't get your hopes up. It takes $$$ to pay the 'resistance' to carry out their attacks. Along with Saddam another 750,000 was taken off the streets today, that's another 750,000 that wont' go to fund the resistance. There have been other major breakthroughs in the flow of reistance funds recently, hence the downturn in attacks.  

        •  Re: Symbolic victory. (none)
          My goodness. The guy was hiding in a rat hole.  He had nothing to do with the resistance.

          But anyway, I was going to say the timing of this capture couldn't be better for the administration, as they lobby the Europeans and Russia to forgive Iraqi debt.  

          •  Re: Symbolic victory. (none)
            It doesn't matter if he doesn't have anything to do with the resistance. In terms of safety to our soldiers the 750,000 we took off of him is more important than he is. (Unless you think the 750,000 was simply being used for toilet paper.)
            •  Re: Symbolic victory. (none)
              It doesn't matter if he doesn't have anything to do with the resistance. In terms of safety to our soldiers the 750,000 we took off of him is more important than he is. (Unless you think the 750,000 was simply being used for toilet paper.)

              It seems highly unlikely to me that the $750,000 was anything more than Saddam's personal "survival stash" to be used to buy off potential informants, purchase hiding places, and if necessary, flee the country and take up residence somewhere else.

              The chances if him being the source of resistance financing and control are pretty damn slim, as I see it. And money isn't the best means to arms in Iraq. Remember that there are thousands of tons of ammunition and weapons that we know exist and haven't had the resources to secure. You don't need $750,000 to walk up to an ammo depot and cart off a few RPGs or landmines, both of which can be converted into "improvised explosive devices" or used as-is. Saddam might as well have been using that money for toilet paper for how much support it probably lent to resistance fighters.


               My candidate kisses babies. Your candidate is a mass murderer.

              by asa on Sun Dec 14, 2003 at 06:19:54 PM PST

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          •  Re: Symbolic victory. (none)
            I dont know if you can conclude that he was or wasn't behind any resistance because of where they found him.  Its just as logical to assume that he was able to coordinate from the house near by using satellite phone or word of mouth.  How long ago was it he actually released an audio tape?
        •  Re: Symbolic victory. (none)
          $750,000 is nothing - it was walking-around money for Saddam in case of emergency. The insurgents have a lot more, and probably have access to funds from banks and charities.

          They would have learned that from Arrafat and from the Afghani fighters.

          What I wonder is why Saddam was even in Iraq where he could be caught? Though I really doubt that Iran was possible, or Kuwait, or anything through Kurdistan to Turkey. Maybe through Syria to Libya? Or Sudan?

        •  Re: Symbolic victory. (none)
          are fscking listening to yourself...

          don't accidently say, "don't get your hopes up" when the hope is "increased attacks in Iraqi".

          I know that's not what you meant.  

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