Tuesday, May 18, 2004


The Classic Hallmarks

More news on the Izzedine Salim assassination yesterday. Apparently (and I was unaware of this yesterday morning), the US suspects Abu Musab Zarqawi in the attack. I hope they have more evidence than this, but according to Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, this has "the classic hallmarks" of Zarqawi attacks. And what might these hallmarks be, you ask?

1) The use of suicide bombers
2) Attacking high profile targets
3) Causing great damage and destruction

Hmmm... to me these seem to be the "hallmarks" of quite a few terrorists. In fact, the last two seem to be the "hallmarks" of terrorism in general, and suicide bombing is hardly a tactic unique to Abu Musab Zarqawi. Like I said, I hope there is more evidence linking this attach to him than these hallmarks, otherwise I fear it may be a case of the US building this guy up to make it seem like a bigger deal when he is caught or killed. The insurrection in Iraq does not begin and end with Abu Musab Zarqawi and Moqtada al-Sadr.

Also interesting how Bush & Co. are raining down praise on Salim who for many years was an official in the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a Shiite group based in (you guessed it) Iran.

Alex, check out Josh Marshall's comments about Safire and Zarqawi over at TPM. He reminds us how Zarqawi used to have only one leg, but lately he's had two and is kicking lots of ass with them...
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