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June 10, 2006
Gettin' Wild With The Zarqmeister

My, the stories I miss when I'm away! It turns out that the US military didn't just kill a terrorist monster Thursday, but also a major party monster. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi apparently brought out the beast in his women, according to the clothing found in the rubble of his safe house in Baquba:

The ruins of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s house are strewn with a random jumble of wreckage -- magazines, a leopard-print nightgown, a religious slogan and a few hints at the violent career of Iraq’s most wanted man.

What is left of the “safe house” where the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq lived suggests that he and his companions lived there with few luxuries.

Apparently, it didn't take much for Zarqawi to get relaxed.

Besides the latest from Victoria's Secret for his women (well, we assume for his women), Zarqawi seemed a bit obsessed with the culture he hated so much. He read Western magazine in their Arabic-language versions, and made a particular point to keep passages regarding Christians and Jews, apparently. Strangely and perhaps coincidentally, Zarqawi had a picture of FDR from a magazine, although what significance Roosevelt had to Zarqawi will have to be left to speculation.

More interesting in a tactical and strategic sense is the descrition of the safe house. Clearly no one was going to find this place by accident -- and it almost sounds designed to attract suspicion if discovered. Palm groves surrounded the house, hundreds of yards from any other structures. The roads ran well away from the site. Cars used to drive to the safe house must have seemed to disappear into the groves. One wonders not that the house got discovered, but why it took so long for residents to catch on to the use of it as a safe haven for terrorists.

Obviously, Zarqawi felt safe there -- safe enough to bring his wife along and to plan for a little relaxation. The US has just sent a message to his followers: they are safe nowhere, and relaxing will bring death.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 10, 2006 10:13 PM

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