Getting out of the hellhole

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 3, 2006

Hell has a new resident

We should pray that today’s wonderful news that U.S. forces had rid the world of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages, is a true turning point in the war in Iraq.

Zarqawi, who was reportedly killed in a precision airstrike by U.S. Special Operations forces, was little more than a common criminal prior to the war and put that experience to use the past three years in Iraq, allegedly masterminding civilian bombings and attacks on U.S. and Iraqi security forces.


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While its difficult to be optimistic about any news out of Iraq. All the past “turning points” like the establishment of a provisional government, the handover of sovereignty, the capture of Saddam, the first vote, the second vote, the ratification of a constitution, the election of permanent government, and on and on, have not had much of an impact on the violence.

Hopefully, this will be different and Americans can leave that hellhole as quickly as possible.