Emmett Tyrrell

 Actually, compared to Zarqawi, the corpulent emir is a more sympathetic fellow. For one thing he was probably better educated. For another, he had no police record, and at least when he sexually molested people it was legal. After all, he was the emir.

 Zarqawi may appear in photographs as a bright young graduate student, one of those thirtysomething Arab graduate students who so often turn up at an American cow college and become such pests at sorority houses. But, truth be known, Zarqawi is a high school dropout from a squalid Jordanian town where from an early age he was a public nuisance. Today, he might portray himself as a pious Muslim, but in his youth he was jailed for sexual assault. He was an alcoholic and possibly a drug addict. My guess is he still has a yen for the hooch. Moreoverm I suspect that his famous beheadings have less to do with religious inspirations or even with xenophobia than with his simple innate hatreds.

 Like most of the other terrorists in the Middle East, Zarqawi is simply an evil man. There is no negotiating with him, nor can he be placated in any way. That today in America a peace movement is growing and contemplating some sort of peaceful give-and-take with the likes of Zarqawi is astounding, though there were millions who in the 1930s believed they could deal politically with Hitler.

 Actually, there is no negotiating with such killers no matter what high office they might attain. Unreason and murder are in their DNA. Commenting on the death of another Middle Eastern terrorist recently, an Afghan security official got to the heart of the matter. The terrorist, one Abdul Ghaffar, had been released months, perhaps years, ago from our Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo to begin his life anew. He returned to the Taliban and died in a battle with Afghan security forces. "People like Ghaffar even on being released from prison, return to violence and terror," commented the Afghan official, Rozi Khan, "It is their nature." From the emir of Bokhara to Abu Musab Zarqawi, this Afghan official understands the war we are in.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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