Everyone from Bush, to Michael Yon, to Powerline, to Richard Clarke, to, of course, CNN, Kos, DU, and the rest of the enemy side, are all cautioning that terror will continue in Iraq and that Zarqawi was just one among many. I'm going to go out on a twig and say, not so. Not only was Zarqawi eliminated, so were his nearest lieutenants. In Baghdad 17 raids were launched immediately after the bombing, and the intelligence from those raids will probably cascade for days before running dry. And after that I expect a major drive into Baghdad to settle the neighborhoods trying to set up their own little Islamic republics. The Iraqi government has been formed, the army grows apace, and the police force is improving. The time for action has arrived and I think things will settle out faster than anyone is willing to predict. There remains the problem of Iran and the militias, but those are different problems, we will see how they go.
So there you have it. But in the unlikely event that I should be proven wrong I do not promise to push a peanut around the equator with my nose, I will just move on to the next topic like any professional pundit and hope you forget.
And let's not forget the effect on Iraqi moral. I don't think we can really understand how much this means to those who have been the victims of Zarqawi's terror. Here is a posting from Treasure in Baghdad that expresses renewed hope and shows just how shabby the pooh-poohing of this victory by the media and some Democrats is.
U.S. troops conducted nearly 40 raids Friday in Iraq, taking advantage of information gleaned from searches following Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death, a military spokesman said, revealing new information about the man believed to be poised to take the terror leader’s place.