The Washington Post has confirmed earlier reports from ABC Nightline, FOXNews and MSNBC that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been killed. According to the Post, he and 7 aides were killed in an airstrike near Baqubah, north of Baghdad. His identity was confirmed with fingerprints. I would hope that this would signal the beginning of the end of the bloodshed in Iraq, at least that perpetrated by outside influences.
Now why can't we get bin Laden and the equally mad Egyptian, Al-Zawahri?
What is most encouraging is that, after months of seemingly eternal wrangling, the Iraqi parliament, upon hearing the news of al-Zarqawi's death, confirmed the last three cabinet posts; those of Abdul Qadir Muhammed Jassim, a Sunni Arab and former Iraqi army commander, as Defense Minister, Jawad al-Bolani, a Shiite, as Interior Minister, and Sherwan Alwaeli, a Kurd, as the country's top official for national security.
All in all, probably a bigger day for the Iraqi people than the day Saddam was captured or the day that his two maniac sons were killed.
ADDENDUM: Youssef M. Ibrahim, Jul. 25, 2005:
The world of Islam is on fire. Indeed the Muslim mind is on fire. Above all the West is now ready to take both of them on.
The latest reliable report confirm that on average 33 Iraqis die every day, executed by Iraqis and foreign jihadis and suicide bombers, not by U.S. or British soldiers. In fact, fewer than ever U.S. or British soldiers are dying since the invasion more than two years ago. Instead we now watch on television hundreds of innocent Iraqis lying without limbs, bleeding in the streets dead or wounded for life. If this is jihad, someone got his religious education completely upside down.
Do the cowardly jihadis who recruit suicide bombers really think they will force the U.S. Army and British troops out of Iraq by killing hundreds of innocent Iraqis? U.S. troops now have bases and operate in Iraq but also from Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman?
The only accomplishment of jihadis is that now they have aroused the great "Western Tiger." There was a time when the United States and Europe welcomed Arab and Muslim immigrants, visitors and students, with open arms. London even allowed all dissidents escaping their countries to preach against those countries under the guise of political refugees.
Well, that is all over now. Time has become for the big Western vengeance.
What is more important to remember is this: When the West did unite after World War II to beat communism, the long Cold War began without pity. They took no prisoners. They all stood together, from the United States to Norway, from Britain to Spain, from Belgium to Switzerland. And they did bring down the biggest empire. Communism collapsed
In this new cold and hot war, car bombs and suicide bombers here and there will be no match for the arsenal those Westerners are putting together - an arsenal of laws, intelligence pooling, surveillance by satellites, armies of special forces, and indeed allies inside the Arab world who are tired of having their lives disrupted by demented so-called jihadis or those bearded preachers who under the guise of preaching do little to teach and much to ignite the fire, those who know little about Islam and nothing about humanity.
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