Carol Platt Liebau: DEAD

Thursday, June 08, 2006


It's always a bit morbid to rejoice at a death, but if ever one merited rejoicing, it's Abu Musab al Zarqawi's. As you'll recall, he's the guy that Saddam invited to Baghdad to receive military treatment -- and by his subsequent actions, it appears that allegations of his links to Al Qaeda were well founded.

The Iraqi people are jubilant -- another reminder to the left in this country that people like Al Zarqawi don't represent a legitimate opposition force, but rather are working in opposition to the dreams of most Iraqis.

Certainly this news won't change the course of the war overnight. But it is a morale booster -- and it offers some context to the daily media diet of terrorist bombings and mayhem.

It's a welcome reminder that the United States can't -- and won't -- lose this war, unless and until we lose our nerve.

Update: James Taranto wonders why Al Qaeda is hailing Zarqawi as a "martyr" since, of course, there's "no connection" between Iraq and Al Qaeda.


Blogger wile e coyote said...


The CEO of a large organization has a thorny personnel problem.

He has a subordinate who is performing poorly. The subordinate may even be incompetent. The subordinate is a poor operational manager, antagonizes colleagues and has alienated huge numbers of potential customers and business partners through a series of public relations disasters.

But the subordinate is very high profile, and firing him would be highly embarassing for the organization.

What to do?

Kick him upstairs, of course! Promote him to a position that is nominally higher but has no real responsibility or decision-making authority...

Zarqawi was killed based on tips from people in his own organization. I wonder if Osama bin Laden didn't have him "promoted" to martyr so more capable people could take over al Qaeda's activities in the Middle East.

9:35 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

It's a little disheartening to see the left wing nutters attempt to diminish this accomplishment. They are seemingly still hopeful that our goals for Iraq will fail.

We'll never know how many lives could have been spared without the negativity of our own MSM.

11:28 AM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...

I hope you are not referring to me, as I am a conservative Republican.

Zarqawi deserved what he got, though not as much as he deserved. Kudos to all those who worked towards his death.

I raised the "kick upstairs" point not to belittle the accomplishment of finding and eliminating this brutal killer, but to consider what effect his death will have on quelling the insurgency and on the spread of al Qaeda in the Middle East.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I think Wile E Coyote makes a good point. It is entirely possible that Zarq became more of a problem than an asset for al-Qaeda (Geez, after all this time, I still struggle to spell that).

But even if that is true, what does that say about the progress of the War in Iraq and the War on Terror?

I think it would still be further proof (as if any were needed) that the coalition is winning.

Not only have we exerted military dominance over Iraq, but we've also successfully surrendered political control of the country back to the Iraqis. And we've enabled a series of free and fair elections in that country. I'm not even going to get into the reconstruction of infrastructure, etc.

al-Qaeda bitterly opposed every single one of these accomplishments and tried to stop them.

al-Qaeda has failed in every single one of their goals in Iraq except for one. They have been successful in garnering the support of the American and European left for their cause.

No matter what the circumstances leading to the death of Zarq. It is proof we are winning this war!

6:47 AM  
Blogger jeankelly said...

Only time will prove whether this killing of Zarqawi makes some difference. Until the troops are home the battle continues. Cenrtainly I hope whoever replaces him is less successful but, I'm sure many will try to fill his shoes.

7:22 AM  
Blogger CAB said...

I concur that "people like Al Zarqawi don't represent a legitimate opposition force, but rather are working in opposition to the dreams of most Iraqis" and "that the United States can't -- and won't -- lose this war, unless and until we lose our nerve."
Our enemies target our nerve, sometimes skillfully and sometimes so poorly that the left can't put enough lipstick on it to make the American public or leaders see propaganda as "controversy." I trust that the CBS effort to float a smear of the US troops who found Al Zarqawi will fall in the latter catagory.
It is a fact that outside state actors (Syria, Iran and probably, unofficially, members of the extended House of Saud) are supporting and benefiting from the loosely titled "insurgency." At a second degree of separation, Russia and China have an interest in our misfortunes and a non-democratic MidEast.
Using "bring the troops home" as a metric of success or a goal would misdirect our policy. A significant reduction in troop levels should be a second order benefit of stabilization and reduction in the effectiveness of external threats relative to Iraqi security (internal and external) effectiveness.

9:45 PM  

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