June 12, 2006

Iraq al-Qaida names Zarqawi successor

From the AP via Yahoo! News:

Al-Qaida in Iraq said in a Web statement posted Monday that a militant named Abu Hamza al-Muhajer was the group's new leader. Al-Muhajer succeeds Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed Wednesday by a U.S. airstrike on his hideout northeast of Baghdad, Iraq.

The successor's name — a pseudonym, as most militants are known by — was not immediately known and did not appear to be on any U.S. lists of terrorists with rewards on their heads. The name al-Muhajer, Arabic for "immigrant," suggested he was not Iraqi.

The choice of a non-Iraqi "emir," or leader, would be significant, signaling that the group was maintaining a foreign Arab command.


This is what I was getting at yesterday. Does it really take outstanding leadership to control a terrorist organization? They just blow shit up, so what if we took out one of their bosses? How long will it take to realize that this is not the way to win a war on terrorism?

As Jello Biafra says, "Israel has been fighting a war on terrorism since the minute of their birth, have they won yet?...If killing people stops terrorism, why hasn't it stopped?"

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