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Robert Spencer, one of the nation’s leading experts on the Islamic religion, says he doesn’t understand why the Bush administration has not jumped on a recent report that confirms former dictator Saddam Hussein intended to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction. 

Recently CBS’s 60 Minutes aired an interview with George Piro, a Lebanese-born FBI agent, who debriefed Saddam Hussein following his capture in December 2003. Piro was able to get Hussein to admit that while he did not have active WMD programs in 2003, he wanted to reconstitute all of them — chemical, biological, and even nuclear.
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, says the White House should be all over this story. “It’s ironic really, that oddly enough the Bush administration — with so much to lose and so much damage to its credibility over the years because of these allegations — has not jumped on these kinds of reports and made sure that they came to the broadest audience possible,” he ponders.

Jihad Watch: New report confirms WMD fears in Iraq were legitimate (OneNewsNow.com)

Let’s not forget that just last week Iran threatened to blast Israel off the map. So what part of “we need to have anti-nuclear abilities” right next to this country who wants to obliterate the rest of the world.

Ahmadinejad: Iran will not back down in nuclear row

“They should know that the Iranian nation will not retreat one iota from its nuclear rights,” Ahmadinejad told the crowd which had gathered in the capital Tehran for the 29th anniversary of the revolution that toppled the US-backed shah.

‘Death to Israel’

At Tehran’s Azadi square, Ahmadinejad asked the crowd: “Were you ready to retreat from your nuclear rights one step or one iota?” The demonstrators chanted: “No, nuclear energy is our obvious right.”

He then asked, “Is there anyone among the Iranian people who supports the Zionist regime?” The crowd replied “no,” and shouted “death Israel.”

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Iran greatest threat to Israel, Mossad chief says / Amnon Meranda

Tehran, Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas have joined forces against Israel, Meir Dagan tells Knesset

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But here in our own backyard, Iowa, we have a Muslim praying in the Iowa State House meeting who uttered a most reprehensible phrase.

Iowa lawmaker criticizes Islamic prayer

Chad Groening – OneNewsNow – 2/11/2008 10:00:00 AM

An Iowa lawmaker says it’s not appropriate for an Islamic religious leader to give a prayer on the floor of the State House which calls for “victory over disbelievers.”

It has been a common practice in the Iowa State House for individual members of the Legislature to invite religious leaders to open each day of legislative business. But in January, on the opening day of the 2008 session, Democratic State Representative Ako Abdul-Samad, the only Muslim member of the Iowa Legislature, invited a Muslim cleric to give the prayer.

During his speech, the cleric included the phrase “victory over disbelievers” — words that prompted reaction from some of the lawmakers, including Republican Gary Worthan. “The way the Jihadists interpret that phrase — ‘victory over disbelievers’ — there are only two ways to attain that, and that is either convert them to Islam or kill them,” says the lawmaker. “That’s the literal interpretation that the Jihadists use — and so that struck right at my heart.”

Of course, this week couldn’t be a better week to remember what this is all really about.

Six tied to 9/11 attacks to face death penalty

By PAULINE JELINEK
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has charged six detainees at Guantanamo Bay with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks, it was announced today. Officials said they’ll seek the death penalty in what would be the first trials under the terrorism-era military tribunal system.

“These charges allege a long term, highly sophisticated, organized plan by al-Qaida to attack the United States of America,” Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann, the legal adviser to the tribunal system, told reporters. He added that the charges have been sworn “against six individuals alleged to be responsible for the planning and execution of the attacks” which occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 and killed nearly 3,000 people.

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