Ding dong, Zarqawi's dead, but...

Iraqi blogger Riverbend helps put the killing of supposed Iraq Al Qaeda top dog, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, into perspective. She writes:


I've been listening to reactions- mostly from pro-war politicians and the naïveté they reveal is astounding. Maliki (the current Iraqi PM) was almost giddy as he made the news public (he had even gone the extra mile and shaved!). Do they really believe it will end the resistance against occupation? As long as foreign troops are in Iraq, resistance or 'insurgency' will continue- why is that SO difficult to understand? How is that concept a foreign one?
For opinions on the dubious nature of Zarqawi's great influence, see AlterNet's interview on today's front page by Brian Shott.

For claims by an Iraqi eye witness that Zarqawi was actually beaten to death by US troops, go here.

Back to Riverbend in Iraq:
How do I feel? To hell with Zarqawi (or Zayrkawi as Bush calls him). He was an American creation- he came along with them- they don't need him anymore, apparently. His influence was greatly exaggerated but he was the justification for every single family they killed through military strikes and troops. It was WMD at first, then it was Saddam, then it was Zarqawi. Who will it be now? Who will be the new excuse for killing and detaining Iraqis? Or is it that an excuse is no longer needed- they have freedom to do what they want. The slaughter in Haditha months ago proved that. "They don't need him anymore," our elderly neighbor waved the news away like he was shooing flies, "They have fifty Zarqawis in government."
Here's the Onion's take:

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(Baghdad Burning)

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