You may think me quite radical for agreeing with Pip, but I really do think we must take responsibility for the creation of our own monsters. Al-Zarqawi paid with his life. What will we pay with? It sure won't be peace.
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.