Thursday, June 08, 2006
Media reporting that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaida leader in Iraq responsible for most of the civilian deaths there for the last two years, was killed by allied aircraft.
Normally, I wouldn't celebrate the death of another human being, even one who has declared himself my mortal enemy. But in this case I'll make an exception.
Put bluntly, Zarqawi was a fanatic and a butcher who thought nothing of setting off bombs in crowded markets and other public places. He made great sport of tormenting kidnap victims, personally beheading them and broadcasting the whole spectacle on the Internet.
His methods were so barbaric that even senior Al Qaeda leadership began to recoil from them (although less for moral reasons than for utilitarian ones -- slaughtering Iraqi civilians simply wasn't helping their cause.)
This is a man who was not only guilty of original sin, but who chose and embraced evil, putting himself beyond redemption.
The world is better off without him and we're all a little bit safer today.