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.