Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Saddam Hussein sulks in his prison cell, members of his Coalition of the Evil on the outside have devised yet another grisly innovation in barbarism. They have moved beyond simply packing a vehicle with explosives and rolling it up to a marketplace or some other ill-defended venue before blowing it up. That was a very successful way to murder women, children, old men and young men -- the last of whom were volunteering to build a free Iraq. Now the Coalition of the Evil, composed of Hussein's faithful, indigenous religious lunatics and the terrorists of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has doubled the deadliness of its bombers. After setting off their initial explosions, the murderers wait for ambulances and rescuers to arrive. They hope large crowds of onlookers will form. Then they send in more suicidal killers.

 This poses a moral dilemma for the prospective rescuers. Do they rush in to aid the injured and the dying, hoping all the while that no second round of bombs is planned? Or do they wait, allowing the injured to suffer and die unattended?

 During the bloody 20th century, I cannot recall ever hearing of the communist revolutionaries or the Nazis attempting this tactic. Possibly they did. But surely they never employed this gruesome tactic on the scale of Hussein and Zarqawi's thugs. As a means of terror and destruction, it is indeed an innovation. Bearing in mind that Hussein had turned his country into a vast arsenal with weaponry lying around that has been estimated to be equal to about 60 percent of our entire conventional arsenal worldwide, there are probably sufficient explosives in the hands of the Coalition of the Evil to continue this sort of carnage for a long time. What will eventually end it is the police action of the American army aided by the valiant Australians, British and others from the Coalition of the Willing. We shall capture the murderers' leaders or kill them along with their henchmen.

 As a letter from a Zarqawi lieutenant, recovered in a Baghdad raid, indicates, we are making headway in breaking down the command structure of the Coalition of the Evil. Zarqawi's correspondent writes, "The morale has weakened and lines of mujahidin have become separated due to some leaders' action." The letter was meant for Zarqawi and goes on to show that there is dissatisfaction among the mujahidin, which is Arabic, I presume, for murderer. The distressed murderer goes on to pontificate that "God does not accept such actions and that will delay victory. We do have big mistakes where some of us have been discarded."


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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