“Leave Your Body, Z-Man”

Much as Simpsons Principal Seymour Skinner, embarrassed by a “shirt weiner”, uttered the immortal phrase “Leave your body, Seymour, LEAVE YOUR BODY”, so it appears the fearsome Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi met his end in the presence of U.S. troops:

Caldwell, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said Zarqawi tried to roll off the gurney to escape once he became aware of the fact that he was being taken into custody by coalition troops Wednesday night after two 500-pound precision guided bombs blew up his safehouse near Baqouba.

U.S. forces immediately identified him as Zarqawi but were unable to interrogate him because he died “shortly after” being pulled from the rubble, Caldwell said.


Separated at birth?

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    Why the Hydra theory is bunk

    In the aftermath of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s explodation, (”He done got blow’d up gud!”) folks who seem against the war always leaven their false appreciation of the advance in the war on terror with comments such as:

    The father of Nicholas Berg, a U.S. contractor believed to have been beheaded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq, said Thursday that al-Zarqawi’s killing will only perpetuate the violence in the Middle East.

    “I think al-Zarqawi’s death is a double tragedy,” Michael Berg told the Associated Press after learning a U.S. airstrike had killed the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.

    “His death will incite a new wave of revenge. George Bush and al-Zarqawi are two men who believe in revenge.”

    Michael Berg, a pacifist who is running for Delaware’s lone House seat on the Green Party ticket, said al-Zarqawi’s death is likely to foster anti-American resentment among al-Qaida members who feel they have nothing left to lose.

    Right. al-Qaeda members loved the US so much before we killed their hero. Uh-huh. What color is the sky on your planet, Mike?

    Why is it the cycle-of-violence never works the other way? Why don’t American “peace” activists ever tell the jihadis that killing American soldiers and civilians is pointless because we’ll just send more to Iraq and Afghanistan? Therefore, the jihadis’ best chance is to weather the storm in silence and non-violent protest until “Mission Accomplished” and we withdraw?

    The many-headed hydra image is used to suggest the inevitability of defeat.

    OK, Pittsburgh Steelers, you may have won Super Bowl XL but many more games lie ahead- games in which you are sure to lose at least a few times!

    Even if President Bush were to thoroughly kick Osama’s ass on live world-wide TV, these people would say it would just create more Osamas.

    That’s funny, because for most people losing, and being a loser, is not something they’d want to emulate.

    Israel knows this. They keep playing whack-a-mole with terrorist leaders, and surprise of surprises, those terror organizations have become less capable of inflicting violence on Israelis. Even Jack Straw, foreign minister for Britain, said of Sheik Yassin’s explodation a few years back: “It is unacceptable, it is unjustified and it is very unlikely to achieve its objectives.” The historical record shows a major drop in terror attacks against Israelis- due in equal parts to the whack-a-mole strategy and the security fence (something else that gave the international community the vapors).

    al-Qaeda and terrorism thrive on the perception they are strong and deadly. The less scary they appear, the more pathetic they are revealed to be, the less power they have. In some ways, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed the minute the military released the video of the master terrorist unable to operate a machine gun. His death Wednesday was just the denouement.

    Berg said the blame for most deaths in Iraq should be placed on President Bush, who he said is “more of a terrorist than Zarqawi.”

    Zarqawi felt my son’s breath on his hand as he held the knife against his throat. Zarqawi had to look in his eyes when he did it,” Berg added, pausing to collect himself.

    “George Bush sits there glassy-eyed in his office with pieces of paper and condemns people to death. That to me is a real terrorist.”

    Anyone who thinks George W. Bush could behead a bound captive, raise your hand. That’s what I thought.

    While Nick Berg may have lost his life to al-Qaeda, his father, Michael, seems to have lost his soul.

    I hold a deep, abiding sympathy for Michael Berg, Cindy Sheehan and others deranged by the loss of their loved one to terrorists. But their ‘absolute moral authority’ doesn’t make them right.

    The more terrorists we kill, the more terrorism is discredited. The only way for hope to swell in the hearts of desperate 18-35 year old Middle Eastern males is for their governments to be elected, and their economic prospects to improve.

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    Zarqawi’s Death- Implications

    Conventional wisdom says not to get too excited about Zarkman meeting his maker and getting a big bowl of raisins, I say nonsense.

    THIS IS A HUGE DEAL. After capturing and killing dozens of his top lieutenants over the past three years, nearly missing him on many occasions, coalition forces have finally eliminated Zarqawi- perhaps the world’s most wanted man.

    Though Mogadishu fell into the hands of the jihadis this week, this is a clear sign. The killings of Uday and Qusay were the end of the beginning of Iraq’s liberation. Capturing Saddam, holding three successful national votes, cleaning out insurgent-ridden cities like Fallujah and Tal-Afar, all the while gradually handing over control of Iraq to Iraqis, occurred in the middle.

    Now Iraq has a complete, nationally elected, constitutional government. The insurgency is not over, but with the death of Zarqawi, the future of the insurgency- both domestic and imported- is lost.

    The tide is turning. Politicians would be wise, in the words of the obnoxious Col. from Full Metal Jacket to “get with the program, jump on the team, and come in for the big win”.

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    At Last!

    Rot in Hell, You Son of A Bitch.

    Zarqawi’s dead!

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    On Behalf of the Ungrateful

    The ungrateful nations:

    To believe as such is assuredly their prerogative as Americans. But with any civil liberties come civic responsibility. True, our hard-won freedoms protect the right to march on Washington, spin elaborate webs of intrigue about the powers that be, and rudely shout down invited speakers at commencement addresses. But they also protect the right to drink Zima, name your children after fruit, and wear socks with sandals. Just because you can do it doesn’t always mean it’s a good idea.

    “There are ideas so absolutely stupid that only an intellectual could possibly believe them,” said Orwell, the ideological ancestor of the House of Blair. “The notion that you can somehow defeat violence by submitting to it is simply a flight from fact.” Indeed, a Concorde-speed flight from fact that would behoove us to impress upon the modern antiwar Left. Representative Murtha, call your office.

    Mudville considers Buck Sargent (the writer above) a Mark Steyn. But for a writer with (apparently) much less experience than the prolific and venerable Steyn, he’s not too shabby.

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    The Confederate Code

    Encrypted Confederate Army message finally decoded- good thing the war’s already over.

    Cryptologist Dr. Kent Boklan discovers an unknown Confederate army code, revealing an urgent dispatch.

    This is a great illustration of why sources and methods are protected. Dr. Boklan broke the code without the aid of a computer, and largely for his own entertainment, but cryptography and signals intelligence are vital aspects of our nation’s defense.

    Confederate general Edmund Kirby-Smith wrote to his superior:
    (Read on …)

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    War on Terror Spreads Dictatorship

    According to Amnesty International, anyway:

    In releasing its 2006 annual report, the human rights watchdog condemned countries such as the United States, China and Russia for focusing on narrowly defined interests, diluting efforts to solve conflicts elsewhere — such as Sudan’s Darfur region.

    “There is no doubt that it (the war on terror) has given a new lease on life to old-fashioned repression,” Irene Khan, Amnesty International’s secretary general, told a news conference.

    “(The United States) has basically mortgaged its moral authority on the streets of Fallujah and Baghdad — and lost moral authority to speak on this issue,” Khan told AP Television News in regard to Darfur.

    Right. How dare a nation focus on “narrowly defined interests”? After all, look at all the US has gotten out of installing democratic governments in Afghanistan and Iraq- cheap oil, riches, and world-wide adoration. Oh, wait, scratch that. American “narrowly defined interests” sure haven’t seemed to benefit any actual Americans, except those who haven’t been killed by terrorist attacks since 9/11.

    New lease on life to old-fashioned repression? Well, you don’t have Saddam, Mullah Omar, or a Syrian-imposed rule of Lebanon to kick around anymore.

    The US no longer has moral authority to speak about Darfur? Who does, the UN?

    Darfur suffers from violence- this much is reported. Why? As a portion of Sudan, the Sudanese Islamist leadership incites the violence against non-Arab, non-Muslims. Sudan, you know, the former home of Osama Bin Laden, is ruled by like-minded folk- you don’t see any mention of the Religion of Peace in the coverage of Darfur, do you- here’s the most the AP and Amnesty can bring themselves to do:

    Many of the atrocities are blamed on the so-called Janjaweed, a disparate group of Arab militiamen allegedly backed by the Sudanese government.

    Atrocities are blamed on a ‘disparate group’ ‘allegedly backed’.

    Back to Iraq:

    “Guantanamo prison camp is an aberration under international law,” Khan told AP. “It places people outside the rule of law. And it sends a message to other regimes around the world — like Egypt or China — that they too can ignore human rights. They too can lock people up in the name of national security.”

    Yes, heaven knows Egypt and China follow U.S. practices on human rights religiously. Those poor countries with no sovereignty would be following the law if not for that pesky George W. Bush.

    Amnesty appealed for a change of strategy in Iraq, which it described as having sunk into “a vortex of sectarian violence.”

    “When the powerful are too arrogant to review and reassess their strategies, the heaviest price is paid by the poor and powerless — in this case ordinary Iraqi women, men and children,” Khan said in a statement.

    My goodness! Sectarian strife! How terrible! It was better under Saddam where there was no strife, just the murder of hundreds of thousands of Shia and Kurds.

    And that vortex thing is just too scary for words. Hold me!

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    Commissar Busts BlogCritics


    I question the timing. Moreover, I question Blogcritics’ story. By running such an article with Google AdSense pasted all around it, Blogcritics may have been keyword chumming in order to receive AdSense ads. Thus, they sought to earn money from (likely) the same people using PowerLine’s BlogAds listing.

    It’s because of the hypocrisy!

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    Border Outrage

    I don’t get it. **UPDATE- Phin does, though. Go read. **

    What’s so vital about rounding up illegal aliens and throwing them out of the country? Some of them may be terrorists? Yes, they may be. But the terrorists have had literally decades to smuggle themselves in already. And the 9/11 hijackers got in legally- even if they overstayed their visas.

    The president’s new policies, if a first step to addressing the problem, are worthy. Certainly paying back taxes and learning the English language go a long way to demonstrating an immigrant’s sincerity.

    What’s distressing about Bush’s speech is the reaction of groups like La Raza (literally, “The Race”). They seem cautiously optimistic about the plan. La Raza and other illegal rights groups support Aztlan, a Palestine-like country composed of much of the Southwest, which is supposed to be liberated from U.S. control.

    We are a nation of immigrants. Immigration, combined with assimilation, is perhaps the largest source of our greatness. Immigrants’ diversity of thought and experience has provided the United States with a deep pool of talent.

    But uncontrolled immigration- without assimilation- does not forge a new and better America in a melting pot. It divides us, and we weaken as a ghetto-ization replaces the sense of community we should all share as Americans.

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    The Liminal State

    Waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    I’ve felt this way for months- ever since the most recent Iraqi election. Now others are talking about it.

    Where is this world headed?

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his “Mad Mullahs” want to shift the world through Tehran, to war, or the appearance of war to further their own ambitions of retrieving the 11th Imam, building a nuke, wiping out Israel, or all of the above.

    We seem to be stuck between peace and war, Republican control of the U.S. and Democrat, freedom on the march and withdrawal from the world.

    Where do we go now?

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