Fayetteville attorney Tim Dunn, in Bill Kirby's June 2 column, claims there were no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, which was one among many reasons for resuming war against Saddam Hussein in 2003. Even though al-Qaida hated Saddam, both hated America more! Czech intelligence verified Iraqi meetings with al-Qaida in Prague. Ever heard of the saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”? Other reasons were Saddam’s continued violations of the 1991 Cease Fire Agreement, and his continued monetary payments to Palestinian suicide killers who murdered Israelis. Israel threatened to go to war over this.

One should read the 2006 book "Saddam's Secrets" by Iraqi General Georges Sada. He was forced to retire after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and defeat of its military forces. He stated that Iraq sure did have WMDs, but to his knowledge, all had been transferred to Syria on the eve of the 2003 U.S. invasion.

But not all. During the Army’s 2003 invasion into Baghdad, our soldiers captured a handful of IEDs: reconfigured artillery shells that contained Sarin chemical agent. Then two years later, U.S. Army troops discovered a cache of 500 canisters of Sarin chemical agent — one drop can kill a human. If Saddam didn’t have any WMDs, where did these come from? Let us not so quickly forget that Saddam used chemical agents against Iranian soldiers, as well as against his own Iraqi people.

Daniel Barton, Fayetteville