I thought I would take advantage of being awake at this early hour, whilst my co-bloggers are probably still shokhering away in their beds, about to wake up to some great news.
Iraq has suffered immensely from the likes of this man. He no doubt played a key role in bringing al Qaeda to Iraq. They continue to murder in Iraq to this day, and will likely be a threat for years to come. His death probably won’t have much of an effect in practical terms , but it’s still one more blow to them, their followers and their backers, may they follow him into oblivion.
I can only hope the victims of al Qaeda’s terrorism draw some comfort from this, and that there is a renewed sense of hope and determination in hunting down and breaking the backs of such organisations and their backers, within Iraq and outside it.
Within Iraq, I also hope (and expect, actually) that there will be some sense of satisfaction, even if it does all seem to be a bit far removed from daily life. The conspiracy theorists will be out in force talking about how they merely thawed his frozen body because Obama’s ratings were getting low and for increased funding and support for attacking “Muslims”. I expect most people are sophisticated enough not to fall for this kind of crack-pottery, and perhaps I’m just being a bit too cynical, but it never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go to to deny the facts that stare them in the face every day as to who their worst enemies are. In the end though, people get weary of such nonsense, and a dead terrorist is more convincing than one that has been playing hide-and-seek with the most powerful nation on Earth for ten years.