Finally a piece of news that mainstream media and blogs generally agree with. This morning the Iraqi Prime Minister announce that “We have eliminated Zarqawi”. And the news hit like an explosion on the Iraqi blogs.
Among the first to break with the news was Truth About Iraqi's.
Hell awaits this character known as “Zarqawi” if this news is confirmed.
No more four-hour speeches against Shia, Sunni or anyone else.
Bin Laden's days numbered? Let's hope all these scum are erased.
BUT, I hope this does not deter or divert attention from the HADITHA MASSACRE. That investigation MUST continue. And those responsible for killing Iraqi civilians must be punished.
And Iraq The Model was not far behind. Omar was pleased to say the least:
CONGRATULATIONS TO IRAQ, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WHOLE WORLD ON THIS VICTORY.
He goes goes on to provide some background information on the town where he was killed.
And with the happiness comes the analysis:
Riot Starter is skeptical: “The first thing that occured to me at hearing the news was “A much needed victory, huh?”. It is indeed a much needed victory for a Prime Minister who's status wasn't as he would have liked it to be. … And to all governments he's been an ideal scapegoat when it comes to justifying failures. But the thing is, if he's for real and has got followers, shouldn't we be more afraid now? If he existed and had followers, they're most likely to be outraged and planning to make everybody suffer for a payback. If he doesn't exist, … then his death won't make any difference for real. Now the our government as well as “other governments” will start looking pretty bad when they can't blame it all on terrorism and on “The Godfather of secterian killings and terror in Iraq” because they've announced him dead. Well it's two-way thing, they've announced him dead to appear good, just not for long enough.”
and Fatima is thoughtful:
How do I feel about that? … Iraqis have been suffering for decades now, going from war to war to war to sanctions to war. … They are tired. They want to move on. They are not happy that their country has been invaded, and much less so that the situation has only deteriorated after this invasion in terms of security and peace. …
I can safely say that most Iraqis are happy, even ecstatic, with this news, but skeptical. Zarqawi was not a lone worker. He had a following, and they can continue their work without him. …
I do not wish death or punishment on anyone, not even those who hurt me. I only wish them guidance. I think Zarqawi may have thought he meant well, but he did it in all the wrong ways. May God show us what is right and allow us to follow it.
Here are some parting words from the blogodrome.
Zarqawi without doubts went into the bottom of the Hell with blood of many innocent children, women and men in his dirty hands.
There were celebrations going on now in the holly city of Najaf and Kerbala. On the other hands there are sadness and shock among his allies in the region and abroad like Al-Jazeera Qatari TV and other Arab pro-terrorists thugs.
Zarqawi and his aides simply went to Hell and this is the worst fate for any one like them.
The BASTARD is DEAD!!!!!! 999 left to go, at least its a begining, i have never been more happier than when they caught the Rat in the hole!
Today is a great day in Iraq. … Congratulations to all the Iraqi people and to all those who suffered from the Zarqawi terrorism…
Iraqi women are ululating in the shy, face-covering manner of my country, and Iraqi men are boisterously firing celebratory shots in the air.
Al-Zarqawi is dead. Good riddance.riddance. Who's their next leader in Iraq?
The Iraqis must unite in the streets to support their new government. They must vocally and en masse call for the removal of terrorists from their soil. Show the world that the Iraqi people want to live in peace with their newly formed democratic republic. Now is time.
The killing of Zarqawi will not deter the violence in Iraq. You don’t
stop a “cause” by killing high-profile individuals. For years Israel
told the world that the elimination of Arafat would pave a quicker road to peace. Violence begets violence. A lasting peace in Iraq or
anywhere in the world will only come when violence is no longer used
to achieve the ends.
I implore you, don’t be fooled by this single killing. We have bred 100’s of terrorists in the past years by our ignorance and dishonesty. We have to make our leaders more accountable to the citizens they represent by looking at issues of importance with clairity and honesty. That is the only way we can defeat the enemy.