WASHINGTON D.C.—Earlier in the week, Iraqi defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, dubbed by the CIA as “Curveball,” gave a revealing interview to a German newspaper, which sent shock waves throughout Washington D.C. but barely made news on any of the cable news stations or network news. Al-Janabi, an Iraqi citizen, admitted that he lied to the German authorities, and made up a story that Saddam Hussein and his regime were currently working on a weapons of mass destruction system to use in terrorist attacks against the U.S. His intent was for the German government to reveal his false statements to the Bush administration, which he believed wanted a reason to invade Iraq.
His mission was to force the removal of then dictator Saddam Hussein. After the initial U.S. and allied forces invasion of Iraq, weapons were not found and there was great speculation at the time as to what the regime in Baghdad had done with them. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld speculated that perhaps they were still hidden in the country or even sent to Syria prior to the invasion.
Ultimately it was proved that there were no weapons and no plans underway to make them by the regime. Though Saddam Hussein was an evil man, and had disregarded every U.N. resolution made in the late 1990s after he invaded his northern neighbor of Kuwait, there is very little belief that the world is not better off without a man who was a proven enemy of the United States and Iraq’s neighbors. So there is no need whatsoever to second guess at this point whether it was a good idea or not to invade Iraq and to remove its leader from power. Surely we will never be threatened again by Hussein, and that’s a good thing.
The problem, however, is that al-Janabi still has no qualms about his lies to the international intelligence community. In fact, he remains in the safety and amnesty of the German and U.S. governments, even after admitting to the world that he lied about a serious matter in order to change Iraq’s destiny. He told the German media, “My mission was to create democracy in Iraq.” He never bothers to apologize for the deaths of thousands or even bothers to acknowledge that the American soldiers, who will be lucky enough to return home in the future, will remain scarred both physically and mentally for the rest of their lives based on his singular mission to deceive the world about the Iraqi regime. Should our troops be used to fight for the democracy of another sovereign nation? It seems, this decision was taken out of all of our hands.
He also seems to have no empathy or regret for causing the deaths of at least 100,000 of his own Iraqi citizens that died as an indirect result of our invasion and our years fighting a war in his country.
Not only is his behavior chilling and immoral, but the callous manner in which he states, “Believe me, there was no other way to bring about freedom to Iraq. There were no other possibilities,” is so diabolical to the average human mind that it seems surreal. What he did was cause future defectors of rogue nations such as North Korea, Iran and other terrorist havens to now be second-guessed to the point that our very own security in the West will be in jeopardy because we will all be concerned with the sources of vital intelligence that we once held in very high regard from defectors.
Perhaps his German passport should be revoked and his entrance into the U.S., which had been welcomed over the past two administrations, should be rescinded. Al-Janabi should be returned to his home in Iraq to face charges by his own people. If there was any doubt that the state of world affairs seems in shambles, this man’s interview should remove any doubts Americans have had in the past.
Please pray for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who face the enemies of freedom on a daily basis. Also, pray for CBS correspondent Lara Logan, who was brutally sexually assaulted in Egypt on February 11.