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He lived just long enough

Posted by Richard on June 9, 2006

As I made pretty clear in an earlier post, I don’t share Michael Berg’s sadness at the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. I’m delighted by it. Richard Miniter provided some further justification — as if any were needed — for feeling that way:

If you are looking for the legacy of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, do not look in the concrete rubble of so-called safe house in Baqubah that became his final resting place. Instead, look less than 10 miles to the west, on the side of the road in the desert town of Hadid, for a pile of cardboard banana boxes.

Inside those boxes were nine human heads.

Some of the heads still had their blindfolds on. Iraqi police are still attempting to identify the murdered men.

Days earlier, in Baquba, Iraqi police found another eight severed heads. One of those heads belonged to a prominent Sunni Muslim imam, who preached peace and tolerance.

Clumsy, brutal decapitations with dull knives, screaming victims, and spurting blood were al-Zarqawi’s specialty and signature — something he truly enjoyed and promoted. That imam who preached peace and tolerance? That would have been you, Mr. Berg, had you actually pursued your "reconciliation" with al-Zarqawi.

Mac Johnson captured my own thoughts and feelings about al-Zarqawi perfectly in a must-read column entitled An Evil Man’s Death Replenishes Me. He began by setting himself apart from other analysts in the media:

I do not believe that it is the job of the chattering class to divorce itself from the society that has given it the right to chatter. I do not believe it makes a journalist or a commentator moral and righteous to coldly report on a war involving his own people as if he were filing scientific reports on the inconsequential battles between two different sorts of ants.

I believe in America. Occasionally, I even believe in right and wrong, and good and evil. And I believe in taking sides between them.


Johnson went on to ask if this wasn’t a cause for celebration, not somberness:

Suppose, in a worst case scenario, that Zarqawi’s death did not shorten or lengthen the war by one minute. Suppose it did not result in even one fewer suicide-bombing or beheading, or death, or did not affect one popularity poll or bill before Congress.

Wouldn’t it still be a good thing? Don’t some people just need killing?

Perhaps I am callous or impolite or just simple-minded, but aren’t there some people so loathsome and onerous that their death need not have a single consequence beyond their introduction to decomposition for that death to be a happy moment for the rest of us?

Yes, there are such people — and al-Zarqawi more than qualified! Johnson outlined why at some length — read the whole thing.

In describing what he thought al-Zarqawi deserved, Johnson became prescient (emphasis added):

Not only do I hope he eternally rots, burns, re-corporealizes and then rots and burns again well within the lowest levels of Hell, I hope he did not die instantly. I hope there was a brief moment in which he realized he was dying, and that it was an American who had killed him, and an Iraqi that turned him in.

Damned if that isn’t exactly what happened!

BAGHDAD, Iraq Jun 9, 2006 (AP)— A mortally wounded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was still alive and mumbling after American airstrikes on his hideout and tried to get off a stretcher when he became aware of U.S. troops at the scene, a top military official said Friday.

"He was conscious initially, according to the U.S. forces that physically saw him," Caldwell told Fox. "He obviously had some kind of visual recognition of who they were because he attempted to roll off the stretcher, as I am told, and get away, realizing it was U.S. military."

Yesss! He saw and recognized the American special forces! The son of a bitch lived just long enough!

That just delights me no end — maybe there is a God, after all — or something to this notion of karma. 🙂

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One Response to “He lived just long enough”

  1. Anonymous said

    Autopsy reports get better and better, he was alive for almost an hour after the blast, before troops arrived and there were no signs of a beating as was alleged – but he was internally toast and probably in a lot of pain.

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