Thursday, November 10, 2005

Boomerang: Zarqawi Misfires

I'm walkin' on water while you're stepping in shit
So put your sewer boots on before your ass gets lit
And If! You! Don't! Like it!
Then hey! **** you!

So put a quarter in your ass cause you played yourself
--Beastie Boys
Zarqawi just lost a PR campaign here:
A month ago, a letter purportedly from al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader to his point man in Iraq — Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — was made public by U.S. intelligence. It contained an intriguing warning to Zarqawi: Be careful about attacking civilians because they might turn against the insurgency and harm the long-term al-Qaeda aim of imposing its medieval version of Islamic rule on the region.

As if to validate that warning, large crowds have turned out in Jordan to protest three horrific bombings there Wednesday for which Zarqawi's group has claimed responsibility. The attacks were on Western-linked hotels, but the dozens of victims were almost exclusively local. Their most heartbreaking public face: a bride and groom whose wedding party bore the brunt of one attack, leaving two of their parents and many friends dead. On what should have been one of the happiest days of the newlyweds' lives, the attacks left them, and the country, in shock.

If there's a grain of hope in this horror, it is in the outraged reaction on Jordan's streets. Protesters have been out in force chanting such things as "Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!" Many are from hard-line Islamic organizations, who should be natural Zarqawi allies.
Ooops. Not smooth. One more country wants to break its foot off in his ass.

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