Tuesday, September 27, 2005
A poster depicting al-Qaida leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is seen in Baghdad, Iraq Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005. U.S. and Iraqi forces killed Abdullah Abu Azzam, top aide to the al-Qaida leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a raid in Baghdad over the weekend, the U.S. military said Tuesday. Poster reads 'God willing - this will be the end of al-Qaida in Iraq'.(AP Photo)
God willing, indeed.
As we have argued repeatedly (and will again), we do not have to pacify all of Iraq and hunt down every Ba'athist rejectionist in order to score a huge victory against al Qaeda, which has bet the cave complex on humiliating America. The persistent Sunni insurgency notwithstanding, we are embarrassing al Qaeda and -- in all likelihood -- doing serious damage to its prestige. This is exactly the wrong moment to relent.
"Ba'athist rejectionist" - Interesting term to describe the Sunni's. It is also interesting to see the factions using terrorist tactics while so many grab for power.
The civil war started not long after Saddam was captured. The power struggle started before and then a cold civil war became the reality. We are now in the first month of the hot civil war in Iraq. If you had any real information from beyond the green zone, you and the media might know that.
If you don't know who the players are, then it figures why you are clueless.