Zarkawi Bombs! "Hey, Pull Yourself Together!"
The reactions to America's effective silencing of the mass-murdering thug-enforcer, al-Zarqawi, have been varied and... 'interesting'!
They range from Americans and freedom-loving people cheering for joy, to leftists and appeasers and defeatists whining...
My favorite leftist, however, is Christopher Hitchens, and his left-leaning opinions rarely bother me because it is the CLARITY of his THOUGHT that makes him stand in stark contrast to so many other looney leftist moonbats!
Response ONE: Hugh Hewitt & Guest
Response TWO: Christopher Hitchens
Update: June 10: 0957: Hewitt Text:
“Joel Achenbach is the most popular blogger for Washingtonpost.com by far, I'm told, by people who know. He gets the most attention. And I went to see what he had to say this morning. He posted at 9:38AM Eastern time, and here are his first two paragraphs, and you can read this at Washingtonpost.com, America.
“The military briefing this morning featured footage of the bombing of Musab al-Zarqawi's hideout. We've become familiar with this kind of image - the jet fighter's view of the terrain, the target in the middle of the screen, the flash of light, the erupting cloud of smoke and dust. American fighters hit Zarqawi's lair with a 500 pound bomb, and then, after pondering the situation, sent another 500 pound bomb to bounce the rubble. Six bodies were later found,… including that of an unidentified child. One body definitely belonged to Zarqawi. American Soldiers identified him every which way from scars to fingerprints."
Paragraph two. "But no human beings are visible in that jet fighter footage. I actually couldn't tell what I was looking at. It could have been a warehouse demolition in Tulsa. It was an impersonal obliteration. You could argue that it was the opposite of Zarqawi's style of killing. He preferred to murder hostages by beheading them in front of a video camera.”
What is he talking about, Mark Steyn?
MS: Well, this man is disgusting. And to hell with him, frankly. I find it harder and harder as the days go by to take this kind of talk. You know, the Archbishop of Canterbury made this point. He said that the terrorists and the United States Air Force were both equivalent. They were only capable of viewing people at a distance. The guy in the plane, with all those anonymous buildings as little blips on the radar screen, on the GPS positioning thing way below him, he has more understanding of the humanity there.
He knows which is the schoolhouse. He knows which is the hospital. He knows which is the restaurant. And he knows which is the one building he's allowed to hit.
What's interesting to me about the people we're up against is they look you in your eyes. Zarqawi can look American hostages, British hostages... poor Margaret Hassan, an Iraqi aid worker, he can look these people in the eye and he fails to recognize their common humanity, and he reaches for his scimitar, and he cuts their throat. The guys at the Beslan school massacre... they looked those kids in the eye, and then they killed them. ... the guy in the plane dropping the 500 pound bomb has more understanding of the common humanity that links us and the Iraqis and all peoples on this Earth than Zarqawi does. So to hell with that twerp at the Washington Post. I've got no time for him on a day like this!”
End quote, Mark Steyn and Hugh Hewitt, today June 9, 2006. Signoff.
The death of Musab al-Zarqawi is excellent news in its own right and even more excellent if, as
It hasn't taken long for the rain to start falling on this parade. Nick Berg's father, a MoveOn type now running for Congress on the Green Party ticket, has already said that he blames President George Bush for the video-beheading of his own son (but of course) and mourned the passing of Zarqawi as he would the death of any man (but of course, again). The latest
Not so fast.
Zarqawi contributed enormously to the wrecking of
Not bad for a semiliterate goon and former jailhouse enforcer from a Bedouin clan in
For the defeatists and pacifists, these are easy questions to answer. Colin Powell was wrong to identify Zarqawi, in his now-notorious U.N. address, as a link between the Saddam regime and the Bin-Ladenists. The man's power was created only by the coalition's intervention, and his connection to al Qaida was principally opportunistic. On this logic, the original mistake of the
I think that (for once) Colin Powell was on to something. I know that Kurdish intelligence had been warning the coalition for some time before the invasion that former
We happen to know that the Baathist regime was recruiting and training foreign fighters and brigading them with the gruesome "Fedayeen Saddam." (This is incidentally a clue to what the successor regime in
Zarqawi's relations with Bin Laden are a little more tortuous. Mary Anne Weaver shows fairly convincingly that the two men did not get along and were in some sense rivals for the leadership. That's natural enough: Religious fanatics are schismatic by definition. Zarqawi's visceral hatred of the Shiite heresy was unsettling even to some more mainstream Wahhabi types, as was his undue relish in making snuff videos. (How nice to know that these people do have their standards.) However, when Zarqawi sought the franchise to call his group "al-Qaida in
Most fascinating of all is the suggestion that Zarqawi was all along receiving help from the mullahs in
If we had withdrawn from
by Christopher Hitchens
Some actual talking points from the kos kollective:
Right now, I'm in the media room at YearlyKos, listening to liberal bloggers and activists fret about how to spin the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
"We are constantly bashed (criticized) on the right for not supporting the military."
"We can't say 'yes, but...' " As in, yes it's good Zarqawi is dead, but . . .
"Why have we not gotten Osama?"
"Zarqawi is not about
"We're talking to the 98 percent of the unwashed who don't know what the Cole is." In response to above.
"If we'd followed
"If you keep looking for someone long enough, you'll find him."
Mid-1990s: Returns to
1999: Returns to
Late 2001: Flees
Feb. 2003: Secretary of State Colin Powell, in presentation to U.N. Security Council, cites al-Zarqawi presence in
Aug. 2003: Al-Zarqawi group, called "Monotheism and Jihad," stages suicide attacks on U.N. headquarters in
April 2004: Beheads
Sept. 2004: Beheads
Oct. 2004: Vows fealty to bin Laden, changes name of group to "al-Qaida in
Feb. 2005: Suicide bombing against Iraqi security recruits in Hillah kills 125. Claimed by al-Qaida in
Jan. 2006: Announcement that Al-Zarqawi movement joining umbrella organization of Iraqi insurgents called the Shura Council of Mujahedeen. Seen as attempt to give Iraqi face to al-Qaidi in
June 7: Al-Zarqawi and several aides killed in targeted