June 08, 2006
The lesson we are about to learn from the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is that the insurgency is anything but a top-down monolithic organization. Instead, it's a decentralized, loosely-knit affair, with any number of small ad hoc groups acting independently, learning from one another in "open source" fashion. Al-Zarqawi's death is unlikely to matter much at all.
Sadly, the death of Zarqawi serves more to illuminate our blood lust than anything else. The newspapers and websites that are heralding his death as though it is cause for celebration is sufficient to take the breath away.
This so-called American culture is walking on a narrow trestle. If it does not manage to sanitize its longing for blood, then the so-called enemies of the Americans will lose their capacity to be human. The American Soul will become the Oversoul of us all and we will, as a result, die and not know it.
Posted by: Norman Gover at June 8, 2006 01:02 PM
I really like your quote from Nick berg's dad - what a great guy.
Your link to John Robb might not be the one you meant - while John is very much worth reading, a post on "XML-RPC and Google Spreadsheets" might not be the best way to demonstrate it - maybe you meant to use one of these links:
Billmon is also worth reading on Zarqawi, although some might find him irreverent or cynical (I'm not amongst them of course).
Posted by: Big Gav at June 9, 2006 05:37 AM