...They darned sure don't mess around.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is having a heart-to-heart discussion with Allah right now, courtesy of a pair of laser-guided 500-pound JDAMs. Methinks the discussion is probably not going the way al-Zarqawi thought it might. Hope you packed your asbestos underoos, you sonovabitch.
The Iraqis are dancing in the streets, bless their little hearts.
Our moon-bats, on the other paw, are running the gamut from outright dismissal of this news to sheer indignation. Of course, this is a Bad Thing, they assert.
Hmm. who should I believe?
The civilians on the ground in Iraq who had to deal with the pismire and his catamites on a daily basis, who kept getting killed by his thugs, and who are laughing and dancing over the news; or
A pack of liberals living in First World air-conditioned comfort in Berkeley and Seattle, who wouldn't know what a VBIED was if it blew the noses off their organically-conditioned faces, and who have never had a friend or relative beheaded by al-Zarqawi, who wish to tell everyone what a Bad Thing this is.
Hmpf. Think I'll go with the opinions of the folks face-to-bad-breath with al-Zarqawi, wot?
The anti-war Left is going further to state that this means nothing, because al-Zarqawi can be easily replaced.
The Chief Spear Carrier for an insurgency has to be a lot of things. Charismatic. Connected. Smart. He has got to have the ability to think outside the box, to adapt and improvise when required. He has to have at least a gut-level understanding of psychology, and to be able to train others in guerilla warfare. He has to have command presence, which is not the same thing as charisma.
And has has to be willing to die for the cause.
I will admit, the jihadists probably got a fairly decent amount of folks willing to die for The Cause.
The pool of folks willing to die for The Cause, who are also charismatic, smart, connected, adaptable, with command presence, etc., etc., is going to be a lot smaller. Probably enough to count on one paw. Maybe two.
Of course, given that the brand of Islam favoured by the jihadists frowns upon independant thinking, the most important asset of a guerilla leader -- the ability to adapt and improvise on the fly -- isn't an asset that they're going to have in abundance, anyway.
Add to that fact that all the bleating by the anti-war Left is concealing one other important bit of trivia: Insurgencies cannot survive for long without the support of the majority of the population. When you have folks lining up to fink you out, this can be taken as a sign that maybe your insurgency isn't getting the popular support that one might think necessary.
X number of Chief Sneaky replacements divided by Y number of local snitches divided by the combined intelligence assets and trigger-pullers of the Coaltion Forces equals ... bad juju for the insurgents.
Something to think about -- unless you're a liberal left-wing moonbat.