So says Al Qaeda about yesterday's killing of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi:
"We want to give you the joyous news of the martyrdom of the mujahed sheik Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
"The death of our leaders is life for us. It will only increase our persistence in continuing holy war so that the word of God will be supreme."
I hesitate to apply Western thinking to this statement, as there's a danger in applying one's own cultural biases to expressions by persons from different cultures/values/etc. Still, does Al Qaeda's statement make sense? I mean, if they think it's joyous that al-Zarqawi was killed (and therefore "martyred"), we seem to share a common goal. I'm sure that our military would like to help bring them more joyous news. If only Osama bin Laden would just surrender . . . .
I should be clear that I don't mean to be mocking Al Qaeda's perception that al-Zarqawi has martyred himself, or even that his death might not inspire more terrorism. All of that is entirely possible. What I do wonder is how it can be "joyous," as opposed to something like "regrettable but constructive."