Thursday, June 08, 2006

Not Just A "Trusted Lieutenant"

This is very good news indeed---and long overdue. Of course, it would have paid a much larger dividend a year or two ago. And a quick check shows that the usual suspects are trumpeting it as yet another "purple finger" milestone.

The perception---stoked by the Bush administration and the media---that Zarqawi was responsible for much of the mayhem is about to meet reality, I suspect. When you dub someone the bogeyman, what happens to your credibility when his demise proves inconsequential? After the next round of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations, will anyone remember who he was?

Still, if only because it serves justice, Zarqawi's death is good news. And right now we'll take every little bit of that we can get.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on having the integrity to point out the successes of those you criticise. It would be too easy to stay quiet or continue to critise, and it is good to see intellectual honesty directed beyond others' lies.

6/08/2006 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good news, but it won't matter a bit for Iraq. I recall Murtha saying that if we left Iraq, the insurgents would kill the al Qaeda terrorists. The violence is sectarian now.

6/08/2006 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Marcus said...

Made my day to wake up to this. Happy to see us take out someone of consequence.

A turning point though? Eh, probably not.

6/08/2006 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reports I read say that Zarqawi's location was given away by some of his colleagues, acting as informants. Maybe the Bizarro World quality of the last five years has distorted my thinking, but I wonder if Zarqawi's death represents nothing more than an internal squabble among a particular clique of insurgents, some of whom cleverly enlisted the Americans to do their dirty work.

Am I being paranoid, or shrewd? I can never tell any more....
-- sglover

6/08/2006 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this mean that we can bring all of our troops home now?

6/08/2006 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's always seemed to me that he was "elevated" to "al Qaeda in Iraq" to signify that we were fighting the perps of Sept 11 by invading Iraq. No doubt he was a bad 'un but what "symbol" are they going to replace him with? The press has already "moved on" as they have with Afganistan so maybe benign neglect will be enough.
BTW, we could have gotten him without ever invading.
judyo

6/08/2006 11:09 AM  
Anonymous kindness said...

Why is it we STILL can't find a 6'5" arab and a blind limping pashtun cleric in Pakistan?

I'm heartened that this one is gone. You reap what you sow. I'm still waiting for Osama & Omar

6/08/2006 2:28 PM  
Anonymous howard said...

1 terrorist killed today.

at least 42 iraqi civilians nonetheless killed in sectarian violence.

6/09/2006 12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My take as well: much needed good news, but more to be done.

6/09/2006 12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps I'm naive, but why not capture him and study him to find out what makes these people tick? I believe the only way to stop terrorism is to change their ideology.

6/09/2006 9:50 AM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Last month, Zarqawi released what was believed to be the first video of himself. The AP reported that the background in one of the scenes appeared to "startingly" resemble Anbar, Iraq's western province.

Was Zarqawi stupid or what?

6/09/2006 2:34 PM  
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