A good day: Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi, head of mor­tal en­emy ISIS, is no more

Lodi News-Sentinel - - OPINION -

Gone, gone, gone is the piece of hu­man filth named Abu Bakr al­Bagh­dadi, who led an army de­ter­mined to sub­ject a swath of the Mid­dle East to a Dark Ages vi­sion of Is­lam while, us­ing 21st-cen­tury tech­nol­ogy, in­spir­ing peo­ple through­out the rest of the world to mur­der in the name of ISIS.

Praise the war­riors of the U.S. mil­i­tary who closed in on him and the in­tel­li­gence and coun­tert­er­ror­ism agents who dis­cov­ered ex­actly where he was and when. Pres­i­dent Trump, com­man­der in chief of the mil­i­tary, has also earned his due, just as Pres­i­dent Obama did for or­der­ing the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

Note that al-Bagh­dadi, who claimed to be­lieve in Is­lam, blew him­self to pieces, vi­o­lat­ing the re­li­gion's strict pro­hi­bi­tion against sui­cide.

ISIS, like Al Qaeda and other ter­ror­ist net­works that in­ject rad­i­cal Is­lamist poi­son into the global blood­stream, is much big­ger than a sin­gle leader. It lives on in ji­hadis through­out the re­gion as well as in Amer­i­cans and Eu­ro­peans who find some­thing mean­ing­ful in its twisted, wo­man-hat­ing, Chris­tian-hat­ing, Je­what­ing, or­di­nary-Mus­lim-hat­ing ide­ol­ogy.

But the fact that U.S. forces have dis­patched al-Bagh­dadi to a shal­low grave is, by any mea­sure, a se­ri­ous set­back to the ter­ror­ists' morale, just as was the loss of the so-called ter­ri­to­rial caliphate they claimed their faith had promised them.

Of course, Trump found a way to use the mo­ment to try to tor­ment his do­mes­tic political ri­vals, say­ing he specif­i­cally did not alert a bi­par­ti­san group of con­gres­sional lead­ers be­cause Democrats were sure to leak, and claim­ing "Bin Laden was big but this was big­ger." In 2012, Trump tweeted, "Stop con­grat­u­lat­ing Obama for killing Bin Laden. The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden."

We give both Trump and Obama credit for au­tho­riz­ing the mis­sions that killed sworn en­e­mies of Amer­ica. We hope ISIS is now limp­ing and wheez­ing and soon dies. We hope, in its death throes, it does not cause more car­nage.

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