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Al-Zarqawi – Worth More Dead Than Alive?

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Reports have been making the news source rounds this morning that terror leader al-Zarqawi might have been killed during a gunfight with U.S. forces over the weekend.

U.S. forces sealed off a house in the northern city of Mosul where eight suspected al-Qaida members died in a gunfight � some by their own hand to avoid capture. A U.S. official said Sunday that efforts were under way to determine if terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was among the dead.,,,

Whether this is just a case of wishful thinking or even if this much sought after target has finally been eliminated, would al-Zarqawi’s death deliver a significant blow to the insurgent’s network?

Is the terrorist network such that al-Zarqawi, by himself, just as Osama before him, wields enough power that his elimination as a leader would deal a death blow to the cause itself? Or is there a line of al-Zarqawis who would fill a possible void?

Another piece of news from over the weekend would seem to have even more power to influence his followers.

Family members of Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi renounced the terrorist leader Sunday after his al-Qaida in Iraq group claimed responsibility for the Nov. 9 suicide attacks on three Amman hotels that killed 59 people

The family of al-Zarqawi, whose real name is Ahmed Fadheel Nazzal al-Khalayleh, reiterated their strong allegiance to Jordan’s King Abdullah II in half-page advertisements in the kingdom’s three main newspapers. Al-Zarqawi threatened to kill the king in an audiotape released Friday.

A renouncement such as this would seem to hold the promise of sparking others to come forth and challenge the actions of al-Zarqawi and his followers.

Captured and disavowed by his family, al-Zarqawi would prove to be less dangerous than if he were to be killed in a battle with the American Infidels and inevitably elevated to martyr status.

Al-Zarqawi would appear to be worth more dead than alive to his terror seeking brethern.

Just as the terror cells have a grassroots presence though, a counter voice by the people of this region needs to be delivered with their message being broadcast with the same fervor as that of the terrorists.