Saturday, June 10, 2006

Who's sad about Zarqawi?

Hamas. The Taliban. The rest of his buds at al-Qaeda, Inc. And, of course, many in the MSM, who hate to see anything that might help President Bush. Some Wester voices have claimed the killing of Zarqawi might "prolong" the war. That only makes sense if the end you are seeking is a US surrender. As the Jerusalem Post notes, killing terrorist leaders does work:
Now a debate will ensue over whether decapitating a terrorist organization makes any difference, as happened after Israel killed Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin and his successor Abdul Aziz Rantisi. Israel found that it did, in that shortly after these operations Hamas agreed to a "cease-fire" and the number of terror attacks against Israel dropped significantly.

Israel has learned that terrorism is not an inexorable plague that cannot be fought militarily. But we have also learned that no single operation is sufficient, and that the military pressure on the terrorists must be relentless.

Accordingly, the fact that terrorist attacks will likely continue in Iraq is argument for redoubling the military response, not that fighting is futile and victory is impossible.
The Post article also covers some revealing statements by Hamas leaders mourning Zarqawi.

At least we can all agree with this statement from an al-Qaeda web site:
"We want to give you the joyous news of the martyrdom of the mujahed sheik Abu Musab al-Zarqawi," said the statement.
Joyous news, indeed.

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