Abu Musab Zarqawi, is the most wanted man in Iraq, he is more of a thorn at this time the Osama bin Laden. This "holy warrior" as he calls himself has said and allow me to quote from the LA Times.
"The killing of infidels by any method including martyrdom [suicide] operations has been sanctified by many Islamic scholars even if it means killing innocent Muslims. This legality has been agreed upon … so as not to disrupt jihad,"
So, if I am understanding him he can pretty much kill anyone he wants because he must kill infidels. Sorry, I'm just not seeing how murder is legal. And again let me say this for those who don't believe it. We, the United States military DO NOT MURDER INNOCENT PEOPLE, we do not cut off heads whilst professing that God is Great (while we murder a defenseless bound gaged and blindfolded CIVILIAN). We do not plant bombs, we do not strap explosives to our bodies, what we do is try to survive this while echelons above common sense figure out the rest. Also, the argument of the legality of "this war", whether you agree with it or not, there are nearly 150,000 American military here and we are very much in a war legal, illegal, moral, or immoral. You can quibble if you must the semantics of this thing, I don't have that luxury. I am busy trying to find Mr Zarqawi, and God I hope we do. We, being the collective of the men and women here from across the expanse of the globe joined in one common cause; (aside from serving this) seeing the Iraqis able to stand on their own and govern themselves.
I know how I would fight "this war" if I were in charge, but alas I am not. So here I am waiting for the pieces of this puzzle to emerge, so we can crush as many of the enemies to a free Iraq as we can while we are here. Yet, that will not win the peace here. It will be one by evolution of a culture that has been held under the water for over 30 years by greed, corruption, and oppression. It will take time, a lot of time. Perhaps more time than most of us want to wait, but there is an old Arab saying;
"I will wait a hundred years for revenge, and then I will curse my impatience."
If they can wait for revenge, I can wait as long as I have to for progress. As always I wait with a ready sword. And having to is the real tragedy of it all.
In Shadow I Remain,
On a side note, driving with Special Forces in B'dad is (fun is not the right word) an adventure in and with the men of that A Team I felt safer than I have in a long time. Great guys, lots of firepower, and the traditional rules of highway driving DO NOT apply in B'dad. This photo compliments of MAJ K, as he was in the lead HMMWV. He got to see what most people never do, a fleet of MAC trucks get out of the way. The only good thing about yesterday is that it is one less day here,
I haven't forgotten about the pictures from my vacation, it's just that it seems like a lifetime ago. Yet I can still see my wifes face as if she just left the room, I can still smell her perfume, and each day I miss her more and more. Duty, is a difficult thing for me today, and then you see an Iraqi girl recovering from burns. Barely able to move, scarred for life by a senseless IED, and then you see her smile as only a child can. Forgiving, happy, and virtually carefree. Duty.