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Thursday, November 10, 2005

‘Burn in hell’


Hundreds of angry Jordanians rallied Thursday outside one of three U.S.-based hotels attacked by suicide bombers, shouting, “Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!” — a reference to the leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq, the terrorist group tied to the blasts that killed at least 56 people. The protest was organized by Jordan’s 14 professional and trade unions — made up of both hard-line Islamic groups and leftist political organizations — traditionally vocal critics of King Abdullah II’s moderate and pro-Western policies.
The battle against radical Islam can most effectively be fought from within Islam itself. Indeed, it is quite possible that that is the only ground on which it can be fought. Our efforts can shape the battlefied but to an extent we are onlookers (and, sadly, props) to this battle.


Blogger Greg said...

(I don't mean to be a party-pooper)but:

Once again you raise the question: can citizens of an Arab state take control of their own lives and pressure their regime to lean Westward, encouraging democracy? As you had probably expected my opinion is that no they can't. I believe that the vast majority of Arabs believe in jihad as the only way of attaining their goals in life and look to individuals such as Zarqawi for inspiration.

Hoping for peace without the slightest hope that I will live to see peace in this region,


11/13/2005 01:22:00 AM  

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