A Rude (and brief) Awakening

Don't be surprised if AP writer Patrick Quinn is asked to write Zarqawi's epitaph. The latest article on Zarqawi's last moments, written by the aforementioned author and suspected terrorist sympathizer is entitled, "A dying al-Zarqawi tried to get away." I couldn't not click on this link.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi could barely speak, but he struggled and tried to get away from American soldiers as he lay dying on a stretcher in the ruins of his hideout.

Cry me a river. Quinn does, however, start to redeem his seeming lack of objectivity in the third paragraph:

For three years, al-Zarqawi orchestrated horrific acts of violence guided by his extremist vision of jihad, or holy war — first against the U.S. soldiers he considered occupiers of Arab lands, then against the Shiites he considered infidels.

Which begs the question, why the flowery opening?

The article does sort of address some other questions regarding the possibility of survival in such an air raid.

Caldwell also said experts told him it is not unheard of for people to survive a blast of that magnitude.

Some bloggers have noted that the bombs used have a different effect than precision bombs, which could have contributed to his fleeting survival. Others also cite the differences in housing structures--that the homes in Iraq are reenforced with concrete, even in their ceilings, unlike American homes.

All the same, one of the most brutal, vicious, despicable, former human beings will never murder or maim or behead again.

Posted by Portia at June 9, 2006 11:39 PM | TrackBack