Jordan and Al Zarqawi
From the Qatar News Agency, an encouraging editorial:
The delight al Qaeda has taken in its murderous activities in Jordan and Iraq is identical to the glee with which it has claimed responsibility for carnage in places as far apart as Indonesia, Spain, Egypt, Britain, turkey and Morocco.
In every case the outcome is the same: many innocent people are murdered, Islam’s good name is damaged and Muslim communities around the world face increased suspicion, hostility and discrimination from non-Muslim neighbors.
Spreading death indiscriminately among innocent people - often innocent Muslims - is not jihad, it is criminal insanity.
Islam has never endorsed terrorism and never will.
When Muslims have had to fight for their religion they have fought honorably and shown courtesy to the weak and innocent, as Islam insists they should, the paper added.
The protesters in Jordan who responding to the hotel bombings by calling for Zarqawi to burn in hell were predicting what awaits him rather than merely expressing an idle wish.
We can only hope that the reaction to the latest atrocities will make Zarqawi’s followers think again about the path they have taken and realize their mistake before it is too late, for them and for others, Gulf Times concluded.
Naturally, The Washington Post has a different take; they seem to think that the attacks in Jordan were a splendid publicity stunt:
Triple suicide bombings in Jordan this week marked a breakthrough for Islamic guerrilla leader Abu Musab Zarqawi in his efforts to expand the Iraqi insurgency into a regional conflict and demonstrated his growing independence from the founders of al Qaeda, according to Arab and European intelligence officials.
Another publicity stunt, but at least in the right direction:
Bruce Willis is such a die-hard patriot that he's offering $1 million to any civilian who turns in terror kingpins Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Willis also revealed he was in talks to make a movie about the Deuce Four, the soldiers whose heroic exploits have been chronicled by embedded blogger Michael Yon.
Breaking news: I have just heard on CNN that the woman terrorist who failed to detonate her bomb-belt at the Radisson wedding party has been arrested and will appear on Jordan TV soon. She is the sister of one of Al Zarqawi's top lieutenants. Excellent breakthrough.