Tuesday, March 21, 2006

"The Stone Face of Zarqawi" 

Christopher Hitchens has an interesting column in today's Wall Street Journal. In its eloquent exposition on the link between the war in Iraq -- according to both me and the president, a "theater" in the wider war -- and the war on Islamic jihad, it neatly supplements the president's talk in Cleveland yesterday. Here's a bit:
In February 2004, our Kurdish comrades in northern Iraq intercepted a courier who was bearing a long message from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to his religious guru Osama bin Laden. The letter contained a deranged analysis of the motives of the coalition intervention ("to create the State of Greater Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates" and "accelerate the emergence of the Messiah"), but also a lethally ingenious scheme to combat it. After a lengthy and hate-filled diatribe against what he considers the vile heresy of Shiism, Zarqawi wrote of Iraq's largest confessional group that: "These in our opinion are the key to change. I mean that targeting and hitting them in their religious, political and military depth will provoke them to show the Sunnis their rabies . . . and bare the teeth of the hidden rancor working in their breasts. If we succeed in dragging them into the arena of sectarian war, it will become possible to awaken the inattentive Sunnis as they feel imminent danger."...

Since February 2004, there have been numberless attacks on Shiite religious processions and precincts. Somewhat more insulting to Islam (one might think) than a caricature in Copenhagen, these desecrations did not immediately produce the desired effect. Grand Ayatollah Sistani even stated that, if he himself fell victim, he forgave his murderers in advance and forbade retaliation in his name. This extraordinary forbearance meant that many Shiites--and Sunnis, too--refused to play Zarqawi's game. But the grim fact is, as we know from Cyprus and Bosnia and Lebanon and India, that a handful of determined psychopaths can erode in a year the sort of intercommunal fraternity that has taken centuries to evolve. If you keep pressing on the nerve of tribalism and sectarianism, you will eventually get a response. And then came the near-incredible barbarism in Samarra, and the laying waste of the golden dome....

Everybody now has their own scenario for the war that should have been fought three years ago. The important revelations in "Cobra II," by Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor, about the underestimated reserve strength of the Fedayeen Saddam, give us an excellent picture of what the successor regime to the Baath Party was shaping up to be: an Islamized para-state militia ruling by means of vicious divide-and-rule as between the country's peoples. No responsible American government could possibly have allowed such a contingency to become more likely. We would then have had to intervene in a ruined rogue jihadist-hosting state that was already in a Beirut-like nightmare.

I could not help noticing, when the secret prisons of the Shiite-run "Interior Ministry" were exposed a few weeks ago, that all those wishing to complain ran straight to the nearest American base, from which help was available.



By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Mar 21, 08:09:00 AM:

While ever there is a media outlet for these atrocities they will continue. While ever there is a possibility that these acts can swing the electorate away from Bush they will continue.

The media needs to be shamed into reporting accurately. The politicians need to be made to look so foolish that they will move back to reasoned debate.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Mar 21, 02:50:00 PM:

Ah, one can always count on Tigerhawk for the latest talking points from Tel Aviv.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Tue Mar 21, 06:29:00 PM:

Ah, one can always safely bet on some irrational, logically retarded conspiracy theorist to show up at at least one thread I examine per day. Especially here, because TH hosts seminars for Har'etz and reunions of the Elders of Zion on every third Saturday. Kudos for spotting this link to the WSJ as a covert misinformation insertion by the Mossad.


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