Thursday, November 10, 2005

"Death to Zarqawi"

Blowing up hotels in the middle of Jordan, a country most definitely considered an Islamic one, was likely not the smartest play in the Al Qaeda book. Crowds of Jordanians hit the streets today not to burn an American flag in anger or to denounce President Bush. They saved their message for the one likely responsible for actually ordering the attack. Via Fox:

::::::::Thousands of Jordanians rallied in the capital and other cities shouting "Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!" a day after three deadly hotel bombings that killed at least 59 people. Officials suspected Iraqi involvement in the attacks, which were claimed by Al Qaeda's Iraq branch.

As protesters in Jordan and elsewhere in the Arab world denounced the Jordanian-born leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, security forces snared a group of Iraqis for questioning and officials said one of the bombers spoke Iraqi-accented Arabic before he exploded his bomb belt in the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

The main demonstration in Amman lasted for more than an hour. But honking vehicles, decorated with Jordanian flags and posters of King Abdullah II, cruised Amman's streets until late in the night, as passengers chanted "Death to al-Zarqawi, the villain and the traitor!" and anti-terrorism slogans.

Probably not the reaction old Zarqawi was looking for. The most amazing thing to me was that this part of the story is even being carried by our news media. Color me impressed.

One might ask Al Qaeda why they chose to bomb targets in Amman, Jordan considering the likelihood of killing non-combatants muslims and destroying the lives and well-being of believers there. It doesn't take too much foresight to think you might blast some innocent bystander when you light off several car bombs near crowded hotels. Not to mention the bombs that went off inside strapped to yet more of the mentally-challenged suicide bombers. There's an easy answer to that one: because they could get close to those targets.

They didn't blow up the Waldorf-Astoria in New York or the Regency in London because they simply couldn't get to them in the time permitted. That, and they are seeing their influence wane rapidly in the whole middle east and, dopes that they apparently are, think that killing a few of the faithful will get the rest to bow down low to the mighty Al Qaeda. Doesn't look like it's going to happen that way.

I like King Abdullah of Jordan. I might not trust him, but I can't dislike a guy who went into the military even though he was a prince, learned to fly helicopters there, and enjoys spending his free time rumbing along the Jordanian desert on an American Harley. My symapthies to him and to his people. May they pursue justice and acquire it.