It seems that no amount of blood will slake the thirst of the foul vermin who are determined that the American-led effort to give the people of Iraq a decent and democratic future will come to naught.
Having successfully terrorized the electorate of Spain into replacing a resolute pro-coalition government with an appeasement-oriented socialist one through the simple expedient of the murder of hundreds of innocent railway passengers, the terrorist enemy destroyed a Baghdad hotel housing many foreigners with a massive bomb. The death toll is already in the dozens and is likely to climb.
The terrorists of Iraq — and that is the only name they are worthy of; terrorists, not "insurgents," "guerrillas" or anything else — have shown a fiendish eclecticism in their targets. No one, from envoys to imams, who is working to establish a decent society in Iraq is immune. The enemy has hit:
• The Jordanian embassy (Aug. 7, 10 dead),
• The United Nations compound in Baghdad (Aug. 19, 22 dead),
• The Imam Ali Shiite mosque in Najaf (Aug. 29, 124 dead),
• The International Red Cross headquarters in Baghdad (Oct. 27, 12 dead),
• The headquarters of the Italian military police in Nasiriyah, (Nov. 12, 30 dead),
• Iraqi police station in Khalidiyah (Dec. 14, 17 dead),
• The main gate at U.S. coalition headquarters in Baghdad (Jan. 18, 31 dead),
• An Iraqi police station in Iskandariyah (Feb. 10, 53 dead),
• An Iraqi army recruiting center in Baghdad (Feb. 11, 47 dead), and
• Several Shiite shrines in Karabala and Baghdad (March 2, 181 dead).
Along with these mass murders, the enemy has been picking off soldiers, policemen, missionaries, and even laundresses in smaller quantities at a steady pace.
They do so to instill fear, but they also do so because of their own fear — the fear that the establishment of a decent society in Iraq would spell the beginning of the end of their wicked cause.
And as a recent survey of ordinary Iraqis by Oxford Research International shows, their fear is not unfounded. A full 70 percent of some 6,000 people interviewed felt things were going either well or quite well in their lives, and 56 percent said things were better now than before the war.
The terrorist enemy may be killing — but he is also losing. Let not this filth prevail.