Iraq and terrorism: correction

Yes, Saddam Hussein was backing terrorists. Just not the ones trying to kill us.

In my post on the Iran problem, I carelessly stated that Iran had, and Iraq did not have, links to international terrorist groups. While it’s true that Iraq seems to have had no ties to al-Qaeda, in fact the Ba’athist regime supported terrorist activity inside Iran, Kurdish terrorism aimed at Turkey, and various forms of Palestinian terrorism aimed at Israel. A Council on Foreign Relations summary lays out the facts.

My thanks to the reader who brought this mistake to my attention.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: