Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most-wanted terrorist in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of beheadings and suicide bombings, was killed when U.S. warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on his isolated safehouse, officials said Thursday.
A bunch of his bad-guy associates are dead too.
We, with gentle reader Guy Named Courtney plus billions of other human beings, are glad. We congratulate the US military and intelligence personnel who managed this signal accomplishment. And we wish them the best in their ongoing efforts to hunt down and kill major bad guys.
Why should someone who believes the gospel of Jesus celebrate the violent death of anyone?
Because some people kill other people who shouldn't be killed, and they will keep doing it unless they are killed themselves. That's the reality of a sinful world.
In the past we have stated that pacifism is more deadly than the prosecution of just wars. We believe that this event epitomizes that reality.
Let's anticipate a rejoinder or two:
- But the killings in Iraq will go on. Yes, probably so. But these guys won't be doing it. And perhaps some others will gather a clue from their remains and knock off the wanton murder.
- It was our warlike policies that drove them to it. If that's true, we still have to respond. But in this case, we believe that the recent events regarding Canada and Russia indicate otherwise.
- The injuries to innocent civilians in a just war are worse than the evil done by the people against whom just war is made. Stipulating that hindsight reveals a number of steps by which the administration might have lessened the present chaos in Iraq, we will dispute that assertion on statistical grounds: by the most generously anti-American estimates, Saddam killed more people per year than this war has.