Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Friday, June 09, 2006
Emmm ... Good
William Arkin drinks the kool-aid.

In his piece today, Arkin trumpets the success of intelligence operations in Iraq in the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as evidence of progress in stabilizing Iraq. Indeed, intelligence operations were at work in the operations and the job was completed.

What I think Arkin is missing is the information source and motivation. Given the recent history of strife between Zarqawi and the Sunni insurgents, it seems to me that he was likely "given up" by those who wanted him gone. In other words, as in the Chalabi situation, the United States military was once again used to settle scores in the civil war.

I submit that if I'm correct, the Zarqawi operation is proof of further deterioration in the situation, not improvement. No, I'm not just being the eternal pessimist and Bush hater. Rather I'm noting that an occupying force can never been a winner in an insurgency/civil war. The best we can hope for is that our interests coincide at some time with the interests of someone. But we also know that those narrow parallel interests will be fleeting when the goal is reached. Thus the Sunni's are still not our friends, although they likely used us to get rid of a thorn in their butts.
Blogger Ron Franscell said...
From media blogger Ron Franscell @

Today, a plaque was placed at the site of Hitler's Berlin bunker -- and his death -- by German historians. Some people complained that neo-Nazis might now use the site as a shrine to one of the great criminals of all times. More than 60 years later, we worry about Hitler's symbolism.

Ironically, today we also hold the corpse of Musab al-Zarqawi. Presuming we will not desecrate him any further than dropping two 500-pound bombs on him, how does one dispose of the body of terrorism's great symbols? If you give him back to his people his symbolism will transcend his mortal coil. If you toss him in a dumpster, it doesn't say much about who we are.

What should be done with a monster's corpse?

Blogger GreyHair said...
Good point Ron.

Plus there are reports out today that he was alive with the military go to him. Watch the rumors fly throughout the Arab world on that one....

I think you do the right thing. He's going to be marty'rd by those who supported him no matter what we do. If we do anything but the right thing culturally, he'll be matry'd to other's who don't necessarily support him.