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Lefties fail to exult in death of terrorist June 12, 2006

Posted by joemomma in Iraq.

In yesterday’s Observer, Nick Cohen takes the liberal left to task for failing to jubilate at the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi:

Outside the international jihadi movement, ‘there will be few people shedding any tears for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,’ said the Guardian. Strictly speaking, this is true. Most of the world’s liberal-Left aren’t like George Galloway. They haven’t ‘saluted’ fascistic tyrants or gushingly described the ‘insurgents’ from the Baath party and al-Qaeda as ‘ragged people, with their sandals, with their Kalashnikovs’. Rather, they have pretended that the struggle for democracy in Iraq has nothing to do with them. They have concentrated all their energy on hating Bush and turned their backs on Iraq’s liberals and democrats. They don’t support fascism, but they don’t oppose it, either. Frankly, I prefer Galloway; at least he makes a commitment.

The real question is not why so few people cried on the news of Zarqawi’s death, but why so few cheered. The answer will take the liberal-left a long time to live down.

I must admit that upon hearing of Zarqawi’s death I failed to pump the air vigorously with my fist. This will take me a long time to live down. In my defence, however, what may have inhibited me from pulling my shirt over my face and wheeling around the room with arms outstretched is the guilty thought that perhaps Zarqawi’s elimination does not represent the final victory over the illiberal forces of insurgency in Iraq, let alone the wider Al Qaeda franchise.

I know it’s wrong of me, but for some reason I find it hard to cut loose when news reaches me of the death of individual islamist or Ba’athist figureheads. I’m not proud of it, but part of me would rather wait for some other positive indicator from Iraq before I allow a hearty “boo-ya!” to escape. You know, some sort of marked reduction in insurgent activity, fewer people being blown up or shot, a material improvement in the lot of ordinary Iraqis, removal of the threats to the country’s fledgling democracy. Stuff like that. I know, it’s a typically petty leftist attitude.

If this were 1945, I’m sure I would be the one spoiling everybody’s fun at the Mussolini execution street parties by mentioning the minor matter of the ongoing World War.


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