At the moment, we have parts of the country in which the civilian population has been hijacked by the terrorists and insurgents. That is unacceptable. Worse still is that the terrorists and insurgents operating from places like Fallujah are exporting their violence to other parts of the country, terrorizing and killing innocent Iraqis and those seeking to protect them. I cannot allow these terrorists to continue to murder with impunity.
I was a little surprised by the lack of any mention in your letter of the atrocities which these groups have committed. I believe that the blame for the violence and difficulties in Iraq at the moment should be laid squarely at their door. The same group who murdered so many of your staff in the bombing of the U.N. headquarters last year, has since murdered hundreds of innocent Iraqis and committed countless other atrocities. We have overwhelming evidence that they have used and continue to use Fallujah as a base of operations.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
My pal Mike shot me this short WSJ article on interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi response to Kofi Annan's inane letter suggesting increase offensives on a group Annan left nameless in his letter would increase violence and disrupt elections. An appropriate reply from Allawi said: