March 15, 2005

On the defensive...

A lot of bloggers have quoted this paragraph from Time, and pointed out that it rather demolishes the idea that attacking Iraq would create a host of new terrorists...

...Al-Zarqawi's aide also revealed that his boss, after pondering the absence of attacks in the U.S. in recent years, concluded that a lack of "willing martyrs" was to blame. Al-Zarqawi believes, according to his lieutenant, that "if an individual is willing to die, there was nothing that could be done to stop him," even in the U.S. There is no evidence, say intelligence agencies, that al-Zarqawi's agents have infiltrated the U.S. But authorities remain vigilant...

My take is that it's not so much a lack of martyrs, but the fact that he's burning through the ones he's got in attacks on Iraqis and on Coalition forces. Al-Zarqawi is forced to. He can't admit defeat in Iraq, which is at the heart of the Arab world.

That's one of the many reasons why the Iraq Campaign was an act of genius. We are forcing the terrorists to react to our moves. We are not sitting like a bunch of Democrats or Euros waiting to be hit, and then deciding what to do or who to apologize to. Zarqawi would love to regain the initiative, love to attack your town, but he can't. Threats in Iraq keep coming at him. Elections, new constitution, cooperation between Shi'ite and Sunni and Kurd, reconstruction, spreading affluence and freedom, the spread of democracy to other Arab countries and to Iran.

Certain people would like you to believe that American deaths in Iraq are meaningless. But every attack on our troops is one less attack that can be made somewhere else.

Posted by John Weidner at March 15, 2005 8:37 AM
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