Friday, June 09, 2006

Who would Jesus bomb?

The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is the big news of the week.

While I hold no brief for this apparently loony extremist and callous murderer of innocents, I've been sickened by the whole deal and the reactions of some politicians.

According to ABC Radio National, some witnesses have claimed that there were women and children killed in the raid that killed al-Zarqawi. If this is so, how can anybody be "delighted", to quote from Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer?

In the USA, Rumsfeld said that al-Zarqawi was probably the one person with the most blood on his hands in the whole world. Now there is a textbook example of the pot calling the kettle black. Dastardly al-Zarqawi was not responsible for the deaths of scores of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq. Rumsfeld and Bush are.

They killed al-Zarqawi with a 500-pound bomb. They didn't drop a 500-pound can of sleeping gas or MACE, which would have done the trick. No, in true Bush-macho horror style, they used a massive explosive weapon, no doubt obviating the possibility of the world hearing al-Zarqawi in court condemning America's cruel State-sponsored terrorism perpetrated on the people of Iraq.

It seems to me that Jesus Christ (aka Prince of Peace), who is apparently a member of the current USA administration, used to have quite a different take on what to do with one's enemies.

Update: Kate, a reader, writes: "he was killed with two 500 lb. bombs and yes, there were others killed."

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Blogger nora said...

Not only that, but I watched a description of the attack on (I think) Sky News. They said that the F16s were told there was "no rush" which meant that they (the Americans) had the house surrounded and under surveillance, so in theory they could have captured him, no?
And the F16s fired from more than a mile away (possibly two), so those in the house would hear nothing, and get no warning. Were they really THAT scared of him?? No attempt to enter and capture ... and as you say, no day in court.
BTW, he was still alive when Iraqi and American forces entered the house.

11:21 PM  
Blogger nora said...

Now there are claims that he was beaten to death.

New York Times:

"The Iraqi, identified only as Mohammed, said he lives near the house where al-Zarqawi was killed. He said residents put a bearded man in an ambulance before U.S. forces arrived.

"'When the Americans arrived they took him out of the ambulance, they beat him on his stomach and wrapped his head with his dishdasha, then they stomped on his stomach and his chest until he died and blood came out of his nose,' Mohammed said, without saying how he knew the man was dead."

9:39 AM  

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