“Thousands of Jordanians rallied in the capital and other cities shouting ‘Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!’ a day after three deadly hotel bombings that killed at least 59 people. Officials suspected Iraqi involvement in the attacks, which were claimed by al-Qaida’s Iraq branch,” the Associated Press reports:
As protesters in Jordan and elsewhere in the Arab world denounced the Jordanian-born leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, security forces snared a group of Iraqis for questioning and officials said one of the bombers spoke Iraqi-accented Arabic before he exploded his suicide belt in the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
The main demonstration in Amman lasted for more than an hour. But honking vehicles, decorated with Jordanian flags and posters of King Abdullah II, cruised Amman’s streets until late in the night, as passengers chanted “Death to al-Zarqawi, the villain and the traitor!” and anti-terrorism slogans.
Another AP dispatch reports on the reaction of Palestinian Arabs in Silet al-Thaher, in the disputed territories:
In this Palestinian village, the Akhras clan mourned 17 relatives killed by a suicide bomber in Jordan–the first time Palestinians have been a target in a suicide attack.
“Oh my God, oh my God. Is it possible that Arabs are killing Arabs, Muslims killing Muslims?” asked a weeping Najah Akhras, 35, who lost two nieces. . . .
“Palestinians have tasted the blind violence that does not differentiate between people–children, women, wedding parties, ordinary people,” said Palestinian newspaper commentator Hani al-Masri.
“I expect now a significant change in the Palestinian political culture,” he said. “For sure, this attack will push Palestinians to reconsider this way of suicide bombings, and I think it would reduce support for attacks that kill people without any differentiation.”
Let’s hope it also reduces support for attacks that kill Jews with “differentiation.” Anyway, this is further evidence of how al Qaeda has squandered the world’s goodwill since 9/11.