Oh I know this isnt politically correct. I also know that it will inevitably be twisted, taken out of context, and ruthlessly used politically by those whove supported the illegal, immoral, and obviously failed occupation of Iraq, in their never ending quest to broad-brush so-called Liberals as Anti-American, and even gleeful at American failures and troop loses. I also know that many on the left will run from this opinion by me just as theyve run from so many other truths, unthinkingly preferring polity of any form over the inconvenience and hostility created by unpopular truths.
But never the less, I am ambivalent. On the one hand, obviously Zarqawi was responsible for immense suffering of innocent people, and his death was nothing if not just in the sense of the immediate. And his death may well result in a reduction of the horrific violence suffered by innocent people. For that I am immensely grateful. But my ambivalence arises on account of the less than immediate consequences, and within the context of the geopolitical realities of Americas criminal foreign policy in the region, and our own future as Americans.
Prefacing this for the moment, I do not believe that the death of Zarqawi does in fact mark a turning point in this monumental failure in Iraq. I believe this occupation will continue to fail, and that any one individual is inconsequential to an outcome based on innate outrage at being occupied and robbed. But if it does alter the course in a meaningful way, I have to selfishly ask what the implications are for us as Americans, and unselfishly ask what the consequences are for the rest of the world.
Zarqawis death marks for the moment, a renewed hope for the neo-conservatives that this may all turn out for them in the end. That hope is as lethal to this nation, and the rest of the world, as any hope ever held by a regime bent on world domination and the violent imposition of ideology.
The noise of the dying beast had begun to abate, replaced by whimpering and an understanding that very soon, the crime would be punished by the American people. But like the Nazis, the grandiosity of the ambition has been matched by tireless optimism renewed by the slightest hope. Zarqawis death has given hope to a demonstrated enemy of the supposed American values of the rule of law and accountability.
In the end, from the time it became apparent that the attack on Iraq was based upon lies and against international law precluding wars of aggression, there were two possibilities and two paths which would result. America needed to suffer the consequences its suffered for its actions. Anything which further enables its outrages, will preclude its hoped for restoration to collective moral sanity and respectability as a nation among nations.