THE LORD IS NOT MALICIOUS, BUT HE HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR. The last thing to register on former terrorist mastermind al-Zarqawi's living consciousness was the sight of a G.I. medic. Allahu akbar! Blackfive summarizes the division of labor involved in the takedown. (I doubt, however, that an essay on the theme "Not a single person in the United States knows how to whack a terrorist" will have better pedagogic value than "[N]ot a single person on the face of this earth knows how to make [a pencil].")

Incentives apparently matter. See Betsy's Page: Al Qaeda is sounding rather desperate.

Since Zarqawi's death, Al Qaeda seems to be having some recruiting worries.
Read it all. It is difficult to make stuff like this up.

The main press, on the other hand, is already preparing the latest atrocity story.

An Iraqi man who was one of the first people on the scene of the U.S. airstrike targeting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said he saw American troops beating a man who had a beard like the al Qaeda leader.

The witness, who lives near the house where al-Zarqawi spent his last days, said he saw the man lying on the ground near an irrigation canal. He was badly wounded but still alive, the man told Associated Press Television News.

U.S. troops arriving on the scene wrapped the man's head in an Arab robe and began beating him, said the local man, who refused to give his name or show his face to the camera. His account could not be independently verified.

But the quality of the evidence is less important than the seriousness of the allegation, isn't it, CBS?

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