Thursday, June 08, 2006
THE LEGACY OF ABU MUSAB AL-ZARQAWI IS BARBARISM
A Jordanian woman whose wedding was devastated last year by a suicide bombing claimed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on Thursday upon learning of his death, ""He got what he deserved. He was punished for what he did to Arab and Muslim people."
I know that we will be hearing all about this from President Bush who will no doubt tell us, as he always does, that this represents "a real turning point." That I doubt. Col. Derek Harvey, a former top military intelligence officer in Iraq, told an Army meeting at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas., last summer although Zarqawi and other foreigners in Iraq have conducted deadly bombing attacks, they remain "a very small part of the actual numbers. Our ... focus on Zarqawi has enlarged his caricature, if you will -- made him more important than he really is, in some ways."
But anyway who cares what Bush thinks.
The truth is that regardless of his importance Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a brutal thug who seemed to personally enjoy his savagery. This is a guy who is believed to have personally beheaded Eugene Armstrong in September 2004. A guy who declared Shi'a Muslims "infidels" and said to kill them all.
This is a guy who will not be missed.