08 June 2006
Forces from the United States of America today dealt a serious blow to the ongoing criminal activities of Islamofascists in Iraq today. With the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi at the explosive end of twin 500 lb bombs precisely delivered by Air Force F-16s, the external face of 7th century hatred has been erased. Although now claimed as a martyr by many zealots, his death should instead be remembered as a just end to a butcher of innocents.
Having just come from a stellar course in combined air operations, I can only imagine the network of sources and units involved in finding, fixing and finishing this individual and his band of thugs. What will undoubtedly be the new cry from the disconnected media is why didn't we arrest him? A decent question, except that I am certain US and Iraqi forces were more interested in ending his ability to exercise command and control. His actions made him a legitimate military target, and apparently now a successfully prosecuted one.
My one true regret is that the inestimable Iowahawk will now have to seek out a new proxy voice for al-Qaida.