February 11, 2005

WE BELIEVE Z, NOT W:

Why Rice Should Thank Zarqawi (Martin Walker, Feb 08, 2005, UPI)

If the serial decapitator Abu Musab al-Zarqawi did not exist, then the Bush administration, the Atlantic Alliance and the rest of the civilized world might have to invent him.

This poisonous Jordanian terrorist has done the world a service. Almost at a stroke he has eased away the accumulated grievances between Washington and Paris, between America and Europe, by couching the struggle in Iraq in terms that force even the French onto the side of President Bush.

"We are at war with democracy," Zarqawi declared, in an announcement that coincided with the Iraqi elections on Jan. 30. "Democracy is an evil principle."

Thanks, Zarqawi. George W. Bush could not have put it better himself. If anything could persuade President Jacques Chirac, the editorial board of Le Monde and the massed sociology faculties of the Ecole Normale and Superieu r and Polytechnique and Sciences-Po that the White House was on the side of the angels, it was Zarqawi's wonderfully helpful reel of videotape.


So Euros are three years behind George Bush but he's supposed to listen to them? Shouldn't folks like Mr. Walker be thanking Zarqawi for removing their blinders?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 11, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

I think he just did.

Posted by: Mikey at February 11, 2005 9:02 AM

Is this as dumb (not to say craven) as I think it is? Is he really saying that Zarqawi should shut up because he's screwing up our domestic politics? That he'd rather the war go badly than George Bush benefit politically?

Posted by: David Cohen at February 11, 2005 9:05 AM

Mr. Cohen:

You are right about the author; he's perverse.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 11, 2005 2:47 PM
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