Saturday, December 10, 2005

Iraqis turn over Al Qaeda leader

Very encouraging news.

::::::::Iraqi citizens turned over a high-ranking Al Qaeda member known as "the Butcher" to U.S. forces in Ramadi Friday a military statement said.

Amir Khalaf Fanus was No. 3 on the 28th Infantry Division's High Value Individual list for Ramadi, wanted for murder and kidnapping in connection with his affiliation with Al Qaeda in Iraq.

This is the highest ranking member of Al Qaeda turned over by Iraqi civilians, and it happens just days before their parliamentary elections on the 15th. Read carefully what this event tells us: the average Iraqi is no longer intimidated by Al Qaeda and understands very well that the such men are terrorists, not freedom fighters. They have seen a better way to live and understand that terrorists like Fanus are obstacles, not heroes. There's been an awful lot of chaff tossed into the air by people desperately trying to pull a defeat out of the Iraq war claiming that the Iraqis aren't doing anything to help themselves. They are, and people who take the effort to get the real story from the people who are actually there know it very well. This time, their deep involvement can't be dismissed.

We're winning the war and things are improving, make no mistake.