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Al-Qaida is Not a Corporation

Zarqawi was definitely a terrorist, because he was using violence on civilians for political purposes, not because the the Bush administration says so. But removing him doesn't change Iraq much....

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Rajesh Arya:

The death of Zarkawi does not change the military dynamics of Iraq much, as other people can always take their place.

The death of Zarkawi is however important for other political and psychological reasons. It has given a big boost to the Maliki administration and also to the will of the American people to slog it out in Iraq. This will had started crumbling. Many Shia, and even Sunnis in Iraq take comfort, that the sectarian terrorists there would finally see their end, and that gives the Iraqis in general also a moral boost. All this contributes to the stabilization of Iraq, and the birth of a stable political system there brought about under the supervision of American forces, would always remain a thorn on the backside of Al Qaida, as it would be considered a defeat for Al Qaida in the heart of the Middle East. Would Al Qaida be finding just as many recruits then as now. I hardly think so.

Al Qaida has wrecked so much havoc in Iraq in the last three years, that after a few years of nation building and consolidation, I hardly think that the Iraqis would be listening to the call of other Al Qaida units. In a year's time America would of course be pulling back its forces from Iraq.

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