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Will this end the insurgency?
I agree it [Zarqawi’s death] will make little or no difference. Reports say the "terrorists" were outnumbered by the "insurgents" 8 to 1. Zarqawi was a terrorist, but may have inspired many insurgents. His death will slow the Jihadists terrorists a little. But they are the smaller group we're fighting. Every day this war goes on the insurgency grows. [Edited by Don W]
posted by WyrdeOne
IMO, the greatest threat to the stability of Iraq is not the Sunni insurgency, it's the Shiite militia. They're operating with the support of the United States, and they're rampaging and killing unchecked. The best possible thing that could happen to Iraq would be widespread amnesia, followed by an extended period of rebuilding. [Edited by Don W]
The majority of Iraqis, before the invasion, did not discriminate against members of another sect. They considered themselves Muslims, and the religious differences were discussed and aired out by theologians, not armed gunmen in the streets.
Originally posted by The Iconoclast
No, I think this will feed the insurgency in the long term. The more that America celebrates the death of this guy, the more importance they place upon his death, the more it encourages the disenfranchised to become like al-Zarqawi. The best way to play this it to announce it, then move on quickly, completely ignoring the death, treating it like a dog was run down in the street. Doing otherwise will just continue to feed the numbers willing to lay their life on the line to inflict damage on the west and develop an infamous following.
Originally posted by Number23
So when kill one of ours it's a win for them and when we kill one of theirs it a win for them.
Look by any measure, this was big, swift kick in the junk for AQ and anti-democratic forces in Iraq. He was the face of AQ in Iraq and represented a psychological rallying point for AQ and the insurgency. He ability to elude America embolden and inspired the terrorist. But now we’ve shown that no one in Iraq is beyond the reach of America power.
[edit on 9-6-2006 by Number23]