He’s dead, he’s dead, Hallelujah!

The hottest corner in hell just found itself a new occupant with the death of al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and one can now conjure up the vision of Mr. Zarqawi searching in vain for those promised 72 virgins.

By now he’s probably figured out that he would have had a better chance finding 72 virgins had he been attending Bill Clinton’s campaign fund-raisers instead of waging Islamic jihad against the West.

One would expect that most sane, rational people, upon hearing the news of Zarqawi’s death, would be happy or relieved, just as the world rejoiced at the death of Adolf Hitler. But then again, we’ve long since moved beyond “The Greatest Generation” and instead now walk through the generation of Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan and anti-war activists protesting at the funerals of military personnel.

Siding with the terrorists

The American political left is so committed to seeing President Bush brought down and the war on terrorism brought to an end that they instinctively side with America’s enemies.

That may sound harsh, and the anti-war left activists will swear to you that it’s not the case, but their own words belie their claims.

Across the websites and message boards of liberal America yesterday were cries of protest from many about the news that Zarqawi’s reign of terror, murder and violence had come to an end.

At the Democratic Underground website, users attempted to manipulate MSNBC’s online poll to suggest that the mission to kill Zarqawi would be meaningless in the war in Iraq. Whether or not the death of Zarqawi will have a major impact on the war effort is beside the point. The efforts by liberals to manipulate a poll so as to beat down the morale of the American people and make them believe we can’t win is revolting. There is a sickness that has infected the anti-war movement.

Other liberals at Democratic Underground were foaming at the mouth with indignation about the mission to kill Zarqawi: “He’s a fictitious character,” said the poster “ShortnFiery.” Another poster named “wizdum” agreed: “… I never believed in this pat story of al-Qaida in Iraq. It set off my ******** meter right from the get go.”

Meanwhile, at another liberal website named Daily Kos, some liberals were outright upset that the military had chosen to kill a terrorist. “Bush’s idea of justice is bombs falling out of the sky?” asked a user named “Justice.”

Another user named “ronik” expressed a similar sentiment: “If you agree with this killing, do you also agree with lynchings because people ‘knew’ the person was guilty and should be put to death? Also, do you support the death penalty? I don’t, but at least those people have been put on trial. Why should it be different for this person?”

Do these people not realize our nation is at war, and the enemy is attempting to kill our troops and eventually murder the rest of us here in the United States?

Apparently not, because another Daily Kos member offered consolation about Zarqawi’s death, opining that, “This too shall pass.”

These people comprise the constituency of Air America, the people who give money to MoveOn.org and who voted for John Kerry for president. And the saddest thing is that most of the reporters in the “mainstream media” are sympathetic to their point of view.

Some liberals thought Zarqawi had been given an unfair reputation. “How do you know ‘he was guilty of masterminding suicide bombings and beheadings of innocent civilians’? Did you hear this on the MSM? Or are you privy to information the rest of us don’t have access to?” asked Daily Kos user “Johann.”

Others insisted Zarqawi isn’t really dead, but is instead part of some conspiracy to deceive the American public. “Personally, I think they’ve got him in a cell somewhere, and they trot him out whenever the political situation seems dire and let him make a speech,” said a user named “Pragmatic Left.” The liberal member “iconoclast022” echoed that sentiment. “It seems that Osama and George are just playing their role for the family in each one’s bid for empire and power. I’d be willing to bet that this plan has been in the works for a very long time. I bet they see themselves as overlords or something.”

Ignoring the carnage

Those who want to see the United States and Coalition forces lose the war on terrorism have somehow found a way to make themselves positively numb to the record of carnage that Zarqawi and al-Qaida have left behind in Iraq.

The Associated Press published a list of terrorist attacks attributed to Zarqawi dating back to 2002. These include the horrific truck bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad that killed 23 people, including the U.N.’s top envoy, Sergio Vieira; the March 2004 bombings of Shiite Muslim shrines in Karbala and Baghdad that killed 181 people; the kidnapping and beheading of Nicholas Berg; a car bomb attack on a vehicle convoy in Baghdad that killed 13 people, including three General Electric employees; the kidnapping and beheading of South Korean hostage Kim Sun-il; the kidnapping and beheading of two Bulgarian truck drivers; the kidnapping and beheading of a Turkish truck driver; and the September 2004 bombings in Baghdad that killed 35 children and seven adults as U.S. troops handed out candy during the opening of a new sewage treatment plant.

That’s just a brief listing of some of the murderous actions of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. I don’t have enough space in 10 columns, let alone one column, to detail the others.

This is a man – along with the terrorist effort he helped lead – that is vile and inhuman. These people must be stopped, and we must strike them where they are based in Iraq, Afghanistan and other reaches throughout the Middle East.

If we don’t take action there, then we know what will happen: They will fly planes into our government and office buildings as they did on September 11; they will detonate bombs in American high-rise buildings as they did in 1993; they will hijack our cruise ships as they did in the case of the Achille Lauro; and on and on.

I don’t know why more Americans don’t understand this.

You may not like George Bush’s personality, or you may disagree with his policies on immigration and federal spending. You might even believe he has made some mistakes in how he’s conducted the war on terrorism.

But his basic premise in fighting the war against Islamic terrorism is spot-on right. Instead of hoping that Bush will be embarrassed by a failure in Iraq, these people need to realize that if we fail there, the consequences will be disastrous. We will have emboldened the most radicalized elements of Islam and sent them a message that if they only act more ruthlessly and savagely, they can bring America down to her knees and sap our morale and determination to fight for freedom, democracy and peace.

We can’t do that, no matter how badly some of the sick and twisted people on the political left in this country might wish us to.

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