This would certainly seem to be good news:
Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in an American air strike on an isolated safe house north of Baghdad at 6.15 p.m. local time on Wednesday, top United States and Iraqi officials said today.
At a joint news conference with Iraq’s prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, the top American military commander in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., said Zarqawi’s body had been positively identified by fingerprints, “facial recognition” and “known scars.” He said seven of Zarqawi’s associates had also been killed in the strike.
The announcement of Zarqawi’s death, shortly before noon today in Baghdad, appeared to mark a major watershed in the war. With a $25 million bounty the United States had on his head, the Jordan-born Zarqawi has been the most wanted man in Iraq for his leadership of Islamic terrorist groups that have carried out many of the most brutal attacks of the war, including scores of suicide bombings, kidnappings and beheadings.
I don’t think his death will fundamentally alter things in Iraq, but his dying a brutal death does, at the very least, restore some small bit of karmic balance to the world.