The Associated Press is reporting that Public Enemy #1 in Iraq, has been killed in an air raid.
We have been led down this path before. I can only say that I hope this is correct. But for now, I must caution against over-jubilation because this campaign is about much more than one man. There is always another one waiting in the wings to take over as PE#1, in any society, anywhere. Even if bin Laden were to be killed or captured, the war would continue.
All major news organizations are reporting that Zarqawi has been positively identified as one of the dead. There are reports that al-Qaida has even confirmed this story.
This gives a big boost to the President and is a morale builder for the troops and the Iraqi people. But as I said earlier, despite the fact that the news media will devote most of the day to analysis and prognostication, the struggle will continue. This is not the end of anything, except Zarqawi's life. But, hopefully it will be the beginning of the end.