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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Turning the Corner 

Obviously, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a murderous thug and his death is good news - not because it's likely to staunch the flow of innocent blood in Iraq (it isn't), but because we may finally learn his most closely held secret: How it was, exactly, that he managed to grow back that missing leg. Also, we can stop wondering why we didn't kill the bastard last time we had the chance, because it's all water under the booby-trapped bridge now.

Of course, some people are being all snarky about the news - including my favorite blog:
The US military has announced the death by air raid of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Muss to his friends). Zarqawi was never as important inside Iraq as he was in Washington, where the Jordanian served as symbol of the Bush admin’s contention that insurgency in Iraq was largely the work of outside agitators. It’s hard to see what will change. After all, unlike our illegal immigrants, the Z Man was doing a job that many, many Iraqis are willing to do.

Update: A much less snarky - and immeasurably more educated - comment from Chris Allbritton:
So now we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the coming days and weeks. There will no doubt be a flare of violence thaht could last up to a week or so, but after that, If the level of violence starts to decrease, then that means the Sunnis are playing ball. Now it is time for the Shi’ites to curb their militias; that’s the deal. If that doesn’t happen, expect the Sunnis to let their fighters loose again.

Let me be clear - I shed no tears over al Zarqawi. He was a bastard through and through. But there is a good possibility, it seems to me, that his role in this tragedy was already complete. He set out to start a civil war, Sunni against Shi'ite, and I fear that his mission was accomplished (despite the lack of a commemorative photo-op on any aircraft carrier). If this is so, then his death now is much too little, much too late. I desperately want to be wrong about this, but I suspect that the damage is done, and will not be repaired anytime soon despite al Zarqawi's death.




The man with the bloodiest hands was not killed this week in Iraq. That one is still giving speeches in the rose garden.
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