Mullah Omar apparently released a statement in response to the fantastic news about al-Zarqawi. While Iraqis seem to have a clear response to Zarqawi's death - jubilation - Mullah Omar seems torn. His statement shows why pluralism and western values will ultimately win the day:
Purported statement from Taliban leader Mullah Omar mourns al-Zarqawi death
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - A written statement purportedly from supreme Taliban leader Mullah Omar on Friday mourned the death of the al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and vowed to keep fighting in Afghanistan.
Omar was "deeply sad over the martyrdom of Abu Masab al-Zarqawi" but his death would not weaken the resistance in Iraq, "as it is the people's resistance and every youth can become al-Zarqawi," the Pashto-language statement said. "I want to assure the Muslims across the world that we will not stop our struggle against crusaders in Afghanistan," Omar was quoted as saying.
So Mullah Omar is 'deeply saddened' about Zarqawi's death, but promises that 'every youth can become al-Zarqawi.' How can a philosophy whose great promise is a sad, violent, youthful death, ultimately emerge victorious? It cannot.
That great philosopher Sting [sarcasm watch] once said 'I hope the Russians love their children, too.' Apart from the banal, vapid, silliness of it, it does hold an important truth. People do love their kids. There's a limit to the number of parents who'll tell their kids that martyrdom is a good career choice.
Ultimately, there's a reason that there aren't too many Shakers left. You have to be able to beget the next generation of followers.
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