In case you somehow missed it this morning, and it’s hard to imagine how, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike yesterday:
“Special Operations forces, acting on tips and intelligence from Iraqis, confirmed Zarqawi’s location and delivered justice to the most wanted terrorist in Iraq,” Bush said.
“Zarqawi personally beheaded American hostages and other civilians in Iraq,” Bush said. “Now Zarqawi has met his end and this violent man will never murder again.”
I listened to President Bush’s speech this morning on the way to work and I have to admit that I’m impressed he managed to avoid the temptation to gloat and made a point of saying that this doesn’t mean the end of the insurgency by any stretch of the imagination. It was a very measured and cautious speech considering his tendency to talk shit most of the time and it’s a safe bet the Administration has been hoping for something like this to happen for awhile now.
There’s some debate over how practical versus symbolic the impact from this will end up being, but either way I have to admit I’m happy to see one man who truly deserved death get his just reward. I’m generally opposed to the death penalty, but I am willing to make exceptions for people such as Zarqawi. This is a step in the right direction that will hopefully be followed by many more. Personally I’d love to see bin-Laden be the next one on the wrong end of a U.S. airstrike.
Update: Another reason to celebrate: This entry is officially the 4,000th in SEB.