Nice Distinction, Needless Distraction

To the Editor:

Why would Iraq welcome an injured (Taliban if not Al Qaeda) fighter, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, from Afghanistan in 2002 [“The Global War on Words,” April 16] while the drums of war were beginning to be heard by Saddam? Even if Saddam himself had no affiliations with or sympathies for Zarqawi’s cause, wouldn’t this at least appear as guilt by association?

I see nothing to gain by trying to segregate every jihadist sect in the Middle East in order to justify one’s opinion on the Iraq War.

David Mason
Toronto, Ontario