Let's look at this a second, starting with a dictionary definition. Let's take the word, assassinate. Shall we?
It simply means:
To kill somebody, especially a political leader or other public figure, by a sudden violent attack.
Note, there are two prominent words that appear in that definition, political and public. And then be sure to note that Zarqawi wasn't either.
He wasn't political in the sense that he governed anything. He ruled nothing, except a bunch of common street thugs that use fear and intimidation as a weapon, along with the bullets and explosive devices. He was not elected to any office, nor did he overthrow any government.
He wasn't a public figure, either. He existed in the dark underworld of Iraq and did not show his face very often, except on a couple of rare occasions in a video. He was wanted. To be a public figure, one must assume that someone has to be out in the public, on at least a semi-regular basis. The person goes to work, goes shopping, visits places, makes appearances, and so forth. Zarqawi was wanted and stayed hidden most of the time.
If you are still skeptical, think about it a second and ask yourself: Was John Dillinger assassinated? He was on the lam, just like Zarqawi was before his death at the hands of the U.S government. He was wanted for a host of crimes, just like Zarqawi, but we didn't hear the term assassination used in his case, did we?
The point I am trying to make is this: Zarqawi was killed in a military operation. Most victims of assassinations are not armed and openly waging war against the people that surround them. He was a commander of a para-military unit that was actively fighting a war with American and Iraqi forces; and was targeting innocent civilians, when he could not get to those forces. He was a war criminal on the loose and he deserved to die, as such.
To make this out to be an assassination is nothing more than an attempt to cast a dark light on an otherwise impressive military operation, which was successful. And the anti-war left is working every possible angle so they can to do just that, starting right here, with their choice of words that simply do not apply. They cannot stand it when the military has a success, they demonstrate it every time. In this case, they seek to do it by confusing terms. Sadly, some people are buying into it.
But it doesn't work with me. How about you?
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes