Terrorists show Iraqi war central to antiterrorism

Among all the arguments about the war in Iraq, one of the most divisive rages over this question: Do the ouster of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and ensuing combat constitute part of the war against terrorism or a distraction from it?In the election last November, the question differentiated President George W. Bush from unsuccessful Democratic challenger John Kerry.Bush maintained that the Iraqi incursion is central to the US response to terrorist attacks; Kerry called it a "profound diversion."Both camps can claim the support of serious thinkers. Adherents of the Kerry side demand evidence of stronger ties than now can be documented between Saddam and Al-Qaida, the group respons...

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