Sunday, June 11, 2006
Posted by Daniel Greenfield 4 Comments
The United States is overeagerly patting itself on the back for finally getting Zarqawi after years of terrorist attacks. This was managed through tips from inside Al Queda itself and the Iraqi government has already announced that the 25 million dollar bounty will be paid to the sources.
None of this is any reason to celebrate. Zarqawi wasn't caught because of good intelligence work but because of a split between Osama Bin Laden and Zarqawi, between the Al Queda leadership in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Last month a meeting was held in an attempt to patch things over, the root of the dispute being whether Al Queda's terrorism should be focused on Western targets and American troops as Bin Laden wanted or equally against Shiite muslims. as Zarqawi has done. The contacts failed to resolve anything and as a result the Bin Laden side of the Al-Queda network handed over Zarqawi's location, disposing of an obstacle to what Bin Laden really wants which is to join with Shiite Muslims in a wide-scale Jihad against America, and getting a 25 million dollar paycheck for it which will be used to kill more American troops.
Now as we approach the point of hostilities with Iran the US has just removed the biggest obstacle to cooperation between Sunni and Shiite terrorist organizations in Iraq. The Mosque bombings will likely come to an end bringing with it a renewed campaign against American soldiers and the Iraqi government. Shiites in Iraq have focused their followers hatred for America even due to the Al-Queda bombings on their own mosques by claiming that Zarqawi was an American puppet. When the Bin Laden side of Al-Queda retakes control in Iraq, the Zarqawi phase of Al-Queda which saw the Jordanian hotel bombings and an all out war on Shiites, as an aberration that was a conspiracy of America and Israel, and move to unite and intensify a campaign against America under the aegis of Iran.
No reason to celebrate at all.