I am reading Bodansky's the Secret Iraq War. Bodansky is no friend to the leftist cranks, Arabs or Bush. His basic premise is largely that Saddam did have active ties to terror but that Bush mishandled the situation.
Arabs have a mania about any foriegn invasions. Thus the idiocy of the Arab street coming to the defense of the "Butcher of Baghdad" is comical. Lets rally around a man who has killed more Arabs then anyone else because he said the word Palestine. Egypt double crossed the USA because Mubarak is intent on giving his son power when he retires. The Saudis were duplicitous as to be expected from the Saudi Mafia family. Syria closely allied itself with Saddam and then Iran.
Not all Arab states were on the wrong side. Kuwait,Oman and Jordan were helpful with bases and some logistical support.
Turkey is the ultimate villan with its obsession about the KUrds. Turkey mistreats and denies a Kurdish nationality. The monomania about a possible Kurdistan led Turkey
to block our army from opening a Northern front.
Iran had its own machinations but quickly realized a Shite Islamic state was not in the cards. Iran too wanted to block a Kurdish state and counter the Turks. I am wondering if a smarter move would have been to let the Turks clean Irans clock.
Russia did try to stage a coup but Bush blundered. A Russian coup would have spared us the war .Russia was trying to protect its investments in Iraq. France is corerectly described as obstructionist.
The story that Bodansky tells that missed the radar is Arafat tried to provoke an Israeli counter reaction. Arafat and Saddam wanted a Arab war against Israel to save his own bacon. Arafat being a moron and a crook decided to let his people face decimation in a war that they could not possibly win for reasons of ego.
The book throws cold water on the idiots who say that Saddam was not sponsoring terrorism. In fact Abu Abbas and Iraqi 999 units were sent to Turkey , Israel and the Gulf states to await orders. There were contacts with Al Queda before Zarqawi arrived as well. Imad Mougniyah is also heavily involved with the terrorism in Iraq and on the Iranian payroll.
Interesting book so far and it seems to make sense.