Sameeh Khreis has spent years demanding justice and more rights for jailed Islamic extremists. But on Thursday, he joined thousands who took to the streets across Jordan to condemn the militants behind Amman's triple hotel bombings that killed 59 people.
"This is disgusting. We will never tolerate such terrorism," Khreis said, marching with 2,000 others in Jordan's capital.
"Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!" they shouted, denouncing the Jordanian-born leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. Al-Zarqawi's group claimed responsibility for the blasts but later, confronted with mounting protests, took the rare step of trying to justify the attacks on Arab civilians.
Bringing the war "home," targeting Arab civilians, has been a horrible decision for the terrorists. There is a saying that "you don't crap where you eat."
... honking vehicles decorated with Jordanian flags and posters of King Abdullah II cruised Amman’s streets until late in the night. Passengers chanted “Death to al-Zarqawi, the villain and the traitor!” and anti-terrorism slogans.
That's the spirit.
“Oh my God, oh my God. Is it possible that Arabs are killing Arabs, Muslims killing Muslims? For what did they do that?” screamed 35-year-old Najah Akhras, who lost two nieces in the attack. Similar thoughts were heard over and over throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
What about starting to say: "animals killing people"?
Police have arrested 120 people in connection with Wednesday's suicide bombings that killed at least 57 people and wounded nearly 100 in Amman, Jordan. The news came as al Qaeda in Iraq claimed that four Iraqis, including a husband and wife, carried out the bombings in three of the captial's hotels. Meanwhile, thousands of Jordanians protested in Amman for a second straight day, condemning the attacks and denouncing al Qaeda in Iraq's leader, Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. "Al-Zarqawi, you are a coward! Amman will remain safe!" chanted around 3,000 protesters as they marched through the capital Friday after midday prayers.Whatever Al Zarqawi's new regional offensive is, it is backfiring.
These attacks only hurt al Qaeda, big time. Not just in Jordan, but throughout the Arab world. What were the leaders of al Qaeda thinking? Who knows. The terrorist "organization" has been remarkably unsuccessful in achieving its goals (driving non-Moslems from the Middle East, establishing Islamic republics, making attacks in the West.)
One should be thankful for incompetent terrorists, although in this case that's only natural. Al Qaeda's goals and methods are based on fantasy and self-delusion. Many of those who join al Qaeda have bought into the delusions, and are not terribly rational themselves. Thus al Qaeda's strategy is, currently, to kill at every opportunity, without paying attention to who the victims, or consequences, are. Al Qaeda gunmen are not noted for their accuracy, except when the target is their own foot. Let's hope they never change.