Iraq

Zarqawi Own Goal

The Amman wedding bombing in which over 50 died has turned the stomachs of Jordanians:

The unprecedented carnage in the usually tranquil Jordanian capital — once described by the travel writer Paul Theroux as “repulsively spick and span” — sent a wave of revulsion through its residents, not least because it came at the hands of one of their own citizens.

Hundreds of people took to the streets to chant their protests against al-Zarqawi, who carries a price tag of $25 million (£14 million) on his head for his acts of terrorism in Iraq. Many Jordanians had seen the attacks as legitimate resistance; these they did not. “Burn in Hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,” the protesters chanted as they gathered near one of the stricken hotels, while others drove past with Jordanian flags showing through the windows of their cars. “Death to al-Zarqawi, the villain and the traitor,” they shouted.

Some Iraqi officials, however, said that they hoped that the bombings may serve as a wake-up call to Jordanians about what is happening across the border.

“I hope these crimes will show the real face of the terrorists to all Jordanian people because, unfortunately, there are still some groups in Jordan supporting terrorist criminals, describing them as resistance, and they are deceived by these claims,” Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi President, said in Rome after meeting Pope Benedict XVI.

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