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.The Post article also covers some revealing statements by Hamas leaders mourning Zarqawi.
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.
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.