Former defense and weapons experts, Iraqi defectors, and two journalists
discuss key themes explored in this report. There is a
general consensus among all that Saddam Hussein is a perpetrator of terrorism.
There is no consensus, however, on when the U.S. should try to overthrow him, or
how it can be done.
A summary of what international weapons inspections during the 1990s revealed about Iraq's biochemical and nuclear weapons capability. In 1998, Iraq blocked the weapons inspection agencies, UNSCOM and IAEA, from conducting further U.N.-mandated inspections.
This mix of views on Saddam Hussein adds up to the specter of a
revenge-seeking, destruction-addicted dictator who had -- and may have again -- an
arsenal of biological and chemical weapons he is more than likely ready to use. Here are
excerpts from FRONTLINE's interviews with journalist Laurie Mylroie; Khidhir
Hamza, Saddam's former chief nuclear scientist; Sabah Khodada, a former Iraqi
army officer who says Iraq has a highly secret terrorist training camp; Richard
Perle, chairman of the Defense Policy Board; Richard Butler, former head of the
U.N. weapons inspection agency, UNSCOM; and R. James Woolsey, former
director of the CIA.
Those who argue for widening the current anti-terrorism campaign to include
Saddam point to an accretion of evidence that he is behind state-sponsored
terrorism -- from Iraqi links to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and
the assassination attempt on former president George H. W. Bush that same year,
to accumulating evidence that there are Iraqi ties to the Al
Qaeda terrorist network. Here are excerpts from
interviews with journalist Laurie Mylroie; Khidhir Hamza, Saddam's former chief
nuclear scientist; Sabah Khodada, a former Iraqi army captain who says Iraq has
highly secret terrorist training camps; Richard Perle, chairman of the Defense
Policy Board; Richard Butler, former head of the U.N. weapons inspection
agency, UNSCOM; and R. James Woolsey, former director of the
Former U.S. National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, both of whom dealt with Saddam during the Gulf War, say targeting him should be a separate issue from the current war on
terrorism. Along with New York Times reporter Elaine Sciolino, they point to the political and military challenges in launching a military operation against Iraq.
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