Sunday, June 11, 2006
Amidst the glee on the right and the naysaying that it wouldn't change anything on the left, I was somewhere in the middle about the air strike death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi...
I know it's a bit barbaric, but why should he get to die instantly when his victims suffered though beheadings with a dull butter knife?
Now information is being released that Zarqawi's death wasn't instantaneous. No, it wasn't the filmed, horrific "justice" he bestowed upon Nick Berg and the like...but he was still alive after the raid...
"On Wednesday, after the bombings, Iraqi police, arriving first at the isolated farmhouse about 40 miles north of Baghdad, put Zarqawi on a stretcher. U.S. troops who arrived shortly afterward first made sure they had the right man, then tried to render first aid. [my emphasis]
"Zarqawi attempted to sort of turn away off the stretcher," Caldwell said. "Everybody resecured him back onto the stretcher, but he died almost immediately thereafter from the wounds he received from the air strike."
Before he died, Zarqawi "mumbled a little something, but it was indistinguishable, and it was very short," Caldwell said." (source)
A new beheading video has been released -allegedly signaling that Zawqawi's fight will continue without him:
"Insurgents yesterday signaled the fight was still on after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, posting an Internet video showing the beheading of three alleged Shiite death-squad members in revenge for killing Sunnis.
The video - as grisly as any the al-Qaeda in Iraq leader issued - was clearly designed to quash hopes that the Sunni-dominated insurgency might change tactics by ending attacks on Shiite civilians and institutions, especially the police.
Fellow Sunni insurgent groups sent condolences for Zarqawi in Internet messages yesterday and warned Sunnis not to cooperate with the Iraqi government, an apparent call for unity three days after U.S. forces killed Zarqawi in an air strike.
The condolence statements came from the al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sunnah - the group that posted the beheading video on a militant Web site - and the head of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of five insurgent groups, including al-Qaeda in Iraq, that Zarqawi helped found last year." (source)
This means that the last thing Zarqawi saw before he died was U.S. troops... Now that makes me happy.
CBS news dug up a man that says troops beat Zarqawi when they found him alive. As satisfying as that would be, we know it isn't true...
(Is there a receipt in a petty cash box somewhere for "one wooden frame for dead Zarqawi picture"?)