Frankly, I really did not care and do not care if Iraq had any WMD prior to the U.S. invasion. WMD was a good excuse. I did care that Iraq was openly supporting terrorism. Although no evidence is available to show Iraq was helping al-Qaeda directly, they were supporting terrorism in general.
Iraq was openly sending money to the families of suicide attackers. Support for suicide attack is support for terrorism. HAMAS and other terrorist organizations support the families of suicide attackers because this is a major encouragement for others to repeat what has been done. If you know that your family will be taken care of, you have less to lose. For Iraq to openly do this is to openly encourage more.
Al-Qaeda is not the only terrorist organization, by far. Yet al-Qaeda is the only organization that is being mentioned when we discuss Iraq’s support of terrorism. I suppose that this is because it is accepted that al-Qaeda was responsible for 9/11. I am guessing that we should only go after al-Qaeda because they are the enemy. This view must believe ideology has no connection with other Islamic terrorist organizations.
Repeated suicide attack is being seen for only the 2nd time of all of recorded history. "Today the popular belief is that the Japanese who took part in BANZAI charges, flew kamikaze missions, piloted KAITENS and SHINYO ‘bang boats’, or served as human mines, were all fanatics. Because many of the BANZAI charges were ordered on the spur-of-the-moment no doubt there was an element of fanatism in the army’s operations. But the kamikazes, KAITEN and KAIRYU men were dedicated individuals whose calm acceptance of death illustrates the impact of ideological persuasion. Fanatical or not, their actions can only be understood when seen in relation to deep-rooted Japanese traditions and a tyrannical governmental structure." (AJ Barker, Suicide Weapon, 1970 Page 157)
Is this just me, seeing what I want to? Or do you see how this is similar to the culture and ideology that is prevalent in the Middle East?