Jewish World Review Dec. 3, 2004 / 20 Kislev, 5765

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King of terror cries foul | The head of the Iraqi terror network lashed out at Sunni clerics, blaming them for the beating his terrorists took in Fallujah.

While liberal newspapers and talking heads continued their sky-is-falling-routine when debating Iraq, Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi sounded like a wounded bully who knew his murderous network suffered a serious setback last week by losing the Sunni city that had served as his base of operations.

"You have let us down in the darkest circumstances and handed us over to the enemy,"Zarqawi said on a videotape. "You have stopped supporting the mujahedeen. Hundreds of thousands of the nation's sons are being slaughtered at the hands of the infidels because of your silence."

That silence spread across the Middle East.

Many left-wing journalists and commentators had predicted the Fallujah operation would cause a great uprising in the fabled "Arab street." But a week after American tanks flattened Zarqawi's terror base in that town, few Arab leaders went out of their way to register words of protest.

Iraqis, who have witnessed Zarqawi's slaughtering of their fellow countrymen, likewise remained mum on the U.S. operation.

Seems like the Beast of Beheadings is losing the war to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis.

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So Zarqawi is now reduced to striking out at Sunni clerics who hold great sway over the only region left to pacify before democratic elections can be held in January.

"You made peace with the tyranny and handed over the country and its people to the Jews and Crusaders, by resorting to silence on their crimes and preventing our youth from heading to the battlefields in order to defend our religion," he complained.

But with American troops being allowed to hunt down and kill terrorists wherever they may be hiding, Iraqis seem to be realizing that the United States is finally getting serious about winning the war on terror — not only in New York and Washington but also in Baghdad and Fallujah.

With U.S. elections over, al-Zarqawi knows that American leaders' new determination to hunt his forces down and kill them is very bad news for those who see freedom as terror's greatest threat.

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) hosts “Scarborough Country,” 10 p.m. ET, weeknights on MSNBC. He is the author of the recently published "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day : The Real Deal on How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Other Washington Barbarians are Bankrupting America". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)Comment by clicking here.

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