Thursday, June 08, 2006

Al-Zarquawi Assumes Room Temperature

This is an excellent development. I must admit that I feel his death should have been more ignominious, and a more painful death would not have bothered me. Feelings aside, my belief is that unimaginable eternal suffering awaits this evil man, so his manner of death is really unimportant.

InstaPundit has an excellent roundup.

UPDATE: Centcom's site has video of the air strike that killed Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.


Blogger The Kosher Hedgehog said...

The death of al-Zarqawi does put to rest, literally, a potentially explosive (excuse the pun) problem: The proper English transliteration of his name. Most sources give it as al-Zarqawi. However, that violates the principle, which most of us learned in elementary school, that a "q" is always followed by a "u." The Hedgehog seems to have gone both ways in his post.

Is it wrong to rejoice over the death of an evil person? In Proverbs 24, Verses 17 and 18, King Solomon advises, "When your enemy falls, do not rejoice; and when he stumbles, do not let your heart be glad; for if Lord sees and it displeases him, it will turn His anger from him [your enemy]." However, I believe that King Solomon was speaking here of one's personal enemy, not a terrorist murderer who cut off the head of a helpful, bound victim and sent out suicide bombers in the name of God, thereby profaning God's name. I feel happy today, like I felt when I heard of the death of Yasir Arafat, may his name be blotted out. 

Posted by The Kosher Hedgehog

Friday, June 09, 2006 1:51:00 PM  
Blogger The Hedgehog said...

Well . . . I added the second mention of Zarqawi's name after I had a chance to look it up on-line. When I put his name in the title of the post, I went from memory, and if I change it now, the links to this post will be confounded, and . . . why am I explaining this anyway??? 

Posted by The Hedgehog

Saturday, June 10, 2006 3:26:00 PM  
Blogger The Kosher Hedgehog said...

I don't know why you are explaining this. In any event, over the Sabbath I had the opportunity to ask Rabbi Aron Tendler my question regarding whether it is wrong in any sense to rejoice over the death of Zarqawi. Without my mentioning the problematic verses from Proverbs, he cited them and assured me that they do not apply to the death of an Amalekite whose actions profane God's name, such as Arafat or Zarqawi. To the contrary, he stated unequivocably, the appropriate, Torah-sanctioned emotion to the death of Zarqawi is unadulterated joy. Obviously, Rabbi Tendler represents a different school of Jewish thought than the Reform rabbis who participated in this program reported by the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.  

Posted by The Kosher Hedgehog

Sunday, June 11, 2006 1:13:00 PM  

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