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Saddam's military promoter worked for the Bush administration. The Dan Pipes Story

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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:17 PM
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Saddam's military promoter worked for the Bush administration. The Dan Pipes Story

Daniel Pipes was appointed by President Bush during the Summer Congressional recess in August 2003 (to avoid a problem with Congress, why should Bush's appointments be questioned by anyone?) to the the board of United States Institute of Peace, a Congressionally sponsored think tank dedicated to "the peaceful resolution of international conflicts." He served there until the end of 2004. There is more than a little irony in this. He sees no problem that cannot be solved by militarism. For example, in looking at the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, he has stated that "What war had achieved for Israel," Pipes explained at a Zionist conference in Washington DC, "diplomacy has undone." Nothing short of total military victory will do.

Pipes was a key advisor to the Bush administration in the lead up to the illegal attack on the people of Iraq.

"Conditions of peace have, by and large, been created through military victory"-- Daniel Pipes

So it should really come as no surprise that Pipes, whose hatred of Arab and Muslim people is legendary, would give his backing for military aid to the Iraq regime of Saddam Hussein, back when the Iraqi President was "gassing his own people" (killing Iranians and Kurds). After all, it was a military option. And for Pipes, any military option must be attempted before any alternative is even considered. This is keeping with the Pipes motto of "Give War a Chance!".

So it is in the interest of our understanding of this man, and the thinking of President Bush Jr. and those, like American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC, currently pushing for war with Iran) and the currently misnamed Anti-Defamation League, that support this extremist, that Pipes' article, which appeared in The New Republic on April 27, 1987 is presented.

You can check out the story here, and imperfect photocopy of The New Republic article.

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