Hamas mourns Zarqawi. In Iraq, the sane are celebrating.
BY MOHAMMED FADHIL
Iraq the Model blog
BAGHDAD, June 11—Hamas’s reaction to the death of Zarqawi caused the contempt of so many Iraqis. The printed and watched Iraqi media lashed out vigorously on Hamas, politicians and ordinary people on the streets are just equally angered by some Arabic official and media reactions which spoke of the criminal as if he were a hero. It is totally unimaginable why someone would describe the head chopping, children murdering terrorist as a hero. It’s disgusting and infuriating beyond words.
This wrongful description of evil is a major reason for misery in this region and it only contributes to justifying more unjustifiable death and violence. This makes one sometimes whishes that Iraq is somehow lifted away from these perverted sociopaths who surround us.
To say I was angry is the least I can say to describe how I felt reading the comments from Arabs (in Arabic) on a BBC forum. There was no surprise that all Iraqi commentators were pleased that we got rid of that vicious terrorists but on the other hand there was probably 90% of non-Iraqi Arab commentators who mourned him as a martyr.
Here I’m choosing only one comment that drew my attention because it shows how when hate prejudice reaches certain levels it blinds the minds and hearts of people. This one comment may be the most accurate to describe how thousands if not millions of people think in this region; this Arab commentator is telling frankly why he’s sad without lying and without using decorated speech:
I think it reflects the truth in the way of thinking of unfortunately many Arabs; a truth that was released by an individual mouth carrying more courage of expression than those who appease and keep their inside hidden … Zarqawi’s death means nothing at all because it’s the byproduct of the despotic policy that exists in his home country, Jordan. There are thousands of Zarqawis in our nation who are getting persecuted and terrorized so they found their way to Iraq where they can vent, thanks to America who brought destruction to the region with the help of her agents (the rulers). And for your information, our information about Zarqawi is vague … is he a national hero, or a criminal terrorist? We don’t know for sure but we see that our enemies are so happy that he’s killed and that is what makes me feel sad for his death.
I’ll end this with a comment from an Iraqi commentaror:
I used to be against killing people because of their perverted opinions or their anti-freedom doings but after I have seen and lived through their terrorism and anti-humanity extremism I say now that the only solution is to end the life of those who are not even humans. They poison the minds and thoughts of sane people. People, let the world live in freedom and happiness … I say it to all the sane and rational people; congratulations on the death of Zarqawi. [emphasis added]
I couldn’t agree more, so if you are sane, come celebrate the moment with us, but if not, get prepared to mourn more demons.