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June 18, 2004

Wahabism Delenda Est

So, again.

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We're sorry Mr. Johnson. We truly are.

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - An al-Qaida group said Friday it killed American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr, posting an Internet message that showed photographs of a beheaded body that appeared to be his.

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The assholes said:

"In answer to what we promised ... to kill the hostage Paul Marshall (Johnson) after the period is over ... the infidel got his fair treatment," the statement said.

Johnson, who worked on Apache helicopter systems for Lockheed Martin, was kidnapped last weekend by militants who threatened to kill him by Friday if the kingdom did not release its al-Qaida prisoners. The Saudi government rejected the demands.

Right. Fair Treatment. Just trying to help Arabs have a future. Unlike what you promise, which is only death, and darkness.

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - The leader of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia was believed killed in a raid in the capital Friday, hours after his group claimed the beheading of an American engineer, Saudi security officials said.

This is only a good start.

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Two suspects escaped, he said, said one Saudi security official who took part in the raid.

Hunt those two down. Kill 'em.

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Nothing has changed. The War should continue, until the last vestiges of Wahabism are extirpated.

Not the last Wahabist, though we will certainly keep running the 72 Virgins Dating Service, but Wahabism.

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Root and Branch.

Leaf and Twig.

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As President Bush notes:

I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of Paul Johnson. We send our prayers and sympathies to them during this very troubling time.

The murder of Paul shows the evil nature of the enemy we face. These are barbaric people. There's no justification whatsoever for his murder, and yet they killed him in cold blood. And it should remind us that we must pursue these people, and bring them to justice before they hurt other Americans. See, they're trying to intimidate America. They're trying to shake our will; they're trying to get us to retreat from the world. America will not retreat. America will not be intimidated by these kinds of extremist thugs.

May God bless Paul Johnson.

Root and Branch.

Leaf and Twig.

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Kathryn Lopez of NRO relates this story:

A MOTHER'S BRAVERY, AN EXAMPLE FOR A COUNTRY [KJL] This comes from Karl Zinsmeister's hot-off-the-presses book, Dawn Over Baghdad: How the U.S. Military is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq There are times when the best response, perhaps the only response, to the hard blows of existence is to embrace each lump as a badge honoring the determined striving that produced it. In 1918, Teddy Roosevelt’s son Quentin (who had left Harvard during his sophomore year to serve in World War I) was shot out of the sky in one of aerial warfare’s early dogfights. German propagandists took photos of his maimed body amidst his plane’s wreckage and, hoping to dampen American morale, sent one to Mrs. Roosevelt. Rather than let herself be cowed, however, she insisted that the picture be framed and displayed over a mantelpiece, a symbol of her family’s sturdiness and their pride in sacrifice for a high cause.

As I traveled across Iraq with our soldiers, I thought of this incident. What Edith Roosevelt did was both a very hard and a very soft thing. She pushed aside her own grief and expressed admiration and undying love for her son by celebrating his bravery--and by refusing to abandon his fight.
ME: Mrs. Roosevelt saw probably the worst image imaginable--a mother having to look at the remains of her son, sent by gleeful, evil people--and she wouldn't let anyone forget it. May we react similarly to the murders of Mr. Johnson, Mr. Berg, Mr. Pearl. We should react similarly to the scenes of torture of Iraqis. And to the memory of everyone who was murdered on September 11. And to everyone who has been murdered at the hands of the terrorists who would have us all dead.

High and low, big and small, in all the nooks and crannies.

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Andrew McCarthy further observes:

MEMO TO DEMOCRATS, THE NEW YORK TIMES, & CO. [Andy McCarthy] Every time you parade the Abu Ghraib photos, every time you parrot the patently ridiculous pretension by these repulsive murderers that decapitations are motivated by what those photos depict -- rather than by a belief system that exudes hatred and murder -- you are guaranteeing that there will be more Daniel Pearls, Nick Bergs and, now, Paul Johnsons. You are telling these monsters that they get a free ride: They get to kill, which they would do anyway, and they get to have you tell the world that the proximate cause of the killing is the U.S. government rather than militant Islam. Scorecard: al Qaeda - win, win; America: lose, lose; Americans: die, die.

There are two possible story lines here: choice (a) Paul Johnson was viciously beheaded today, becoming just the latest of thousands of victims slaughtered by a menace that cannot be managed, need not be culturally understood, and must be totally eradicated; or choice (b) Paul Johnson died today; an Arabic website, upon first breaking the news, explained that his death was retaliation for the scandalous abuse of Iraqi prisoners by occupying U.S. forces in Baghdad, where the Bush administration is alleged to have employed harsh interrogation tactics -- in violation of the Geneva Conventions -- in order to press for intelligence about weapons of mass destruction which have yet to be found.

Anybody have the slightest doubt which choice we'll be reading and seeing?

If you ain't with us, yer agin' us.

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Tony Blair gets it. Do you, Mr. Kerry? Mr. Chirac? Mr. Schroeder? Mr. Annan?

"The first thing to say is to express our shock at such an act of barbarism. It shows the nature of the people we're fighting. People who can do that sort of thing are not people you can negotiate with. They're people you have to defeat.''

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