Friday, September 13, 2002

Wild Paranoid Conspiracy Theory?

The claim of a connection between the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the Iraqi intelligence services keeps moving up the ladder into more and more respectable news sources. This article, which also discusses the suggestive connection between the 1993 WTC bombing and the Iraqi government, is in the Wall Street Journal.

I've been troubled by McVeigh's trial for a long time. It was good that McVeigh finally confessed before his execution, because the government's case against him was so weak that I would have been unable to convict. They barely had a preponderance of evidence to support their claims.

So, if there was reason to suspect a connection with the Iraqis, why would our government have allowed Iraq to have avoided blame? In the case of the 1993 WTC bombing, it made the conviction easier to get; in the case of McVeigh, the Clinton Administration would have much preferred a right-wing American born gun nut to something that would have required us to take real military action against Saddam Hussein.

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