6/21/2006

Terror Porn, Part II

Headlines today:

Abducted soldiers' remains are found

US pair reported tortured, beheaded

Al-Qaeda says new leader 'beheaded' kidnapped US soldiers

This is apparently the debut of Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, the man the US has elevated to new head of al-Qaeda in Iraq. That didn't take long, did it? It is a real question whether it matters who steps in as the "head" of an "organization" like al-Qaeda. And there is also a question as to whether the US genuinely believes it matters, or this is a kind of public relations issue for them.

To admit that al-Qaeda's nominal leaders are easily replaceable, that their martyrdom is built-in to their functioning as nominal leaders, would be admitting the futility of killing them, which seems to be the only strategy to "defeat the insurgency" we've been able to come up with.

The search for the two soldiers also resulted in the death and maiming of more soldiers, by the way. The Globe reports that, according to the military: "One US soldier was killed and 12 wounded during the three-day search [for the missing soldiers]..., while two insurgents were killed and 78 detained."

So, on and on it goes. No end in sight.

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