The Zarqawi Effect
My article on the aftermath of the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the Muslim world is out in Salon.com.
‘ Whatever the meaning of the killing of Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi by a U.S. airstrike earlier this month, it has not lessened Iraq’s violent nightmare, or calmed tensions in the Middle East. Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called him “the prince of martyrs” and vowed revenge on the U.S. Some reports suggest that the two U.S. soldiers captured at Yusufiyah were tortured and killed by Zarqawi’s shadowy successor. The three weeks after his death have witnessed daily bombings with dozens of casualties throughout Iraq. And Zarqawi’s demise has stirred up trouble throughout the region, as controversies on how to respond to it have erupted among secularists and fundamentalists, Sunnis and Shiites. ‘