ANTIPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
We live in a wondrous time in which the strong is weak because of his moral scruples and the weak grows strong because of his audacity.
-Otto von Bismarck
Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.
-Butch, Pulp Fiction
For those who wait to get their breaking news from the magazines in their dentist’s reception area, happy belated V-Z Day!
It looks as if
Live by the IED, die by the GPS.
In lieu of the standard fawning eulogy, let’s instead review Zarqawi’s legacy, particularly his winning political strategy for Painting the Map Blood Red in
- Prevent holding of elections.
- Suppress voter turnout.
- Discourage army and police recruitment.
- Defeat ratification of Constitution.
- Ignite sectarian civil war.
- Discredit permanent government.
from battlefield. U.S.
- Score Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News cover story trifecta.
- Die in place.
Overall, a 1 out of 9 on-qaeda-percentage doesn’t even get Zarky Zark above the
But where is all the schadenfreude solidarity in the press corps for the extermination of this white-sneakered soldier of misfortune? This development is supposed to be good thing, right? (Remember what I said about how "no news is good news"?)
Here, I’ll give you a CLUEtm:
In the holding room.
With the electric sponge.
Actually, I'm now dreading the eventual capture or elimination of any more al-Qaeda bigwigs simply for the fact that I have no interest whatsoever in the details of their dysfunctional upbringing. "The Killer in Me is the Killer in You: the Memoirs of Osama bin Laden." Beethoven's Ninth through the world’s smallest violin.
But it appears the bleeding hearts of darkness in the press still don’t even realize their own Cassandra curse has finally been lifted. It would seem their warrior pathos knows no bounds.
Iraqi PM Names Remainder of Cabinet
Continued on page E17 between personals and TrimSpa ads
Am I the only one who often cannot distinguish their vacuous subtextual sloganeering from the enemy's?
End Iraqi Suffrage Now!
The papers all smell a Pyrrhic victory, but at least the Iraqi Army knows a tally in the win column when they see one. The IA gossip around the guard tower this past week surprisingly has not been over rising
The Iraqis are not stupid; they know the fight for Middle Eastern Earth continues. But the tide of battle has now turned. Al Qaeda is on the skids and "Ali Baba" (the homegrown criminal element) remains on its heels. But tagging and bagging Zarqawi is a huge military coup precisely because it is the coup de grace for the al-Qaeda PR machine. Zarqawi had the terrorist mojo, the je ne sais quoi, the name recognition worthy of a movie star. Attach a
"V for Victory." Now there's a
Even as lightning quick as the individual successes may appear on your television screen, overall progress in the Long War on Terror is slow and incremental -- a Great Game of inches measured on several levels and across many fronts. The enemy has its own yardstick for success, but it isn’t located anywhere near the battlefield. It’s in our own backyard. Cowing the American people through an elaborate and sophisticated PR campaign of terror is the end that justifies their by-any-means-necessary amoral methods.
In Allah They Trust, In Submissive Fear We Cower. Is this really the message we want to project to the rest of the world? Is this the legacy we want to leave our grandchildren? Wouldn't a wiser, stouter, and ultimately safer, choice of words to convey be: Not in Our Backyard, Not on Our Watch, Not a Chance in Hell you Thirteenth Century Psychopaths?
Last summer a memo addressed to the late Mr. Zarqawi from the al-Qaeda Executive Vice President for Regional Marketing, the Egyptian phantom menace Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, spelled out in clear terms the nature of the competition they’ve been up against:
I say to you...we are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of [the entire Muslim community]. [But] however far our capabilities reach, they will never be equal to one thousandth of the capabilities of the kingdom of Satan that is waging war on us.
That’s right, Doctor Death. And we’re currently working our way backwards through the A-hole alphabet soup. Sorry to break it to ya, Z2, but laser-guided bombs don’t even whistle.
"We believe that this is the beginning of the end of al-Qaeda in
"This is not the end," admitted Sir Winston in 1942, qualifying reports of the long-overdue British victory over Rommel's corps at El Alamein,
This week marks the end of the beginning of the end for al-Qaeda.org. Let us be thankful even for small victories.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (1966-2006)
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