Sunday, November 20, 2005

Let's Hope

This breaking news comes from the Jerusalem Post (hat tip: Little Green Footballs). I'm always wary of early reports of big news because so often they're wrong. Let's hope this one is right:

At least one Arab television media outlet reported that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of the al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed in Iraq on Sunday afternoon when eight terrorists blew themselves up in the in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

The unconfirmed report claimed that the explosions occurred after coalition forces surrounded the house in which al-Zarqawi was hiding.


Edward said...

The LGF commenters are saying it might be a tipping point.

Do you agree with them?

Darren said...

Depends on what they mean by a tipping point, I guess.

I don't have any idea how much autonomy Zarqawi has granted subordinates, or how clever/devious/"competent" any successor might be. Therefore, I can't comment on whether or not this is a 'tipping point', assuming it means a point at which the insurgency is not at a severe disadvantage.

Whether or not it is such a tipping point, I'll be happy to have one less sociopath on the planet.

Edward said...

Their statements seem rooted in the belief that the overwhelming majority of Iraqis appreciate the presence of US troops in Iraq and that only a few troublemakers like Zarqawi keep the insurgency going through their incitement. A dead Zarqawi can no longer incite anyone, and therefore, the thinking goes, the insurgency will now start to die down.