Question: “What is the significance, in your mind, of the Iraqi resistance group’s new threat to kill Abu Musab al-Zarqawi? Will there be more opposition to the foreign fighters in Iraq now that the occupation is officially over, or is the American presence enough to “provoke” the Iraqis that are supporting the insurgency to continue to do so as fervently as they have over the past few months?” — drunkenmaster
Answer: I don’t think Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has much to worry about from a group of masked Iraqis unless they have super powers =D. To kill al-Zarqawi, they have to find him, and we can’t do it and the interim government can’t do it with all of our manpower and intelligence, I doubt that they can do it either.
Many Iraqis who may have been ambivalent about attacks aimed at the American led CPA or American troops will now be outraged by insurgents &/or terrorists who continue to aim attacks at an Iraqi led government or Iraqi troops. A lot of the same Iraqis who would have been cursing Americans had we torn up Fallujah finishing off the insurgents there will CHEER the Iraqi government for rolling in and “establishing order” over the insurgents dead bodies. Everybody tends to root for the home team, that’s just human nature.
So we probably have already been hit with the insurgents best shot back in April when we were fighting Al-Sadr and in Fallujah. Although we’re not out of the woods yet, things should continue to slowly and surely improve as Iraq continues down the road towards Democracy. Once they get there, make sure to mock all of the liberals who preferred to leave Saddam in place and have contributed absolutely nothing to freedom in Iraq or for that matter, the war on terror in general.