When it comes to America's involvement in the Persian Gulf war, Sen. Orrin Hatch has no doubts, his mind is clear and firm: Saddam Hussein must be removed; otherwise the world will still face the possibility of terrorist attacks with chemical, biological and maybe even "dirty" nuclear weapons.
Hatch and Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, addressed the Utah House and Senate on Thursday, detailing their strong feelings about the war.Hatch, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said security officials are worried that Saddam is sneaking biological weapons into Western countries in diplomatic pouches - which aren't usually searched at customs. "Some worry he has already developed a dirty nuclear device" - a poor atomic bomb that would kill more with radiation than force. Saddam has no delivery method yet for any such weapon, however, he added.
Clearly, Saddam is in cahoots with known Arab terrorists, Hatch said, with three of the most infamous of them moving their headquarters to Baghdad recently. Mass destruction weapons could be passed to those terrorists' operatives in Western cities with terrible consequences.
He painted a grim picture of a Mideast if Saddam had gone unchallenged. "He would have threatened his Arab neighbors, they would have submitted to his will. He would have had control of the oil, and the money with it. In two to five years he would have nuclear, chemical and biological weapons." Then Israel would be attacked, with some of the Arab nations unwillingly being forced to fight on Saddam's side.
"And who has a security agreement with Israel? The United States," Hatch said. A war then - with Saddam's nuclear and other mass destruction weapons - would be much worse than today.
"We must take this man out now. It's better to face the piper now than to face him later."
Garn criticized the censored press reports coming out of Baghdad by U.S. and ally media reporters. "We should give the media the Tokyo Rose WWII award," he said, referring to the American woman who broadcast Japanese propaganda to U.S. troops in the Pacific.