Faithful to his usual self, George Bush and the low-consciousness military who serve him, celebrated the assassination of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The American Michael Berg, father of one of the young men decapitated by the terrorist reminded the surprised journalists, quite rightly, that no one has the right to rejoice in the death of another human being and that he condemns this political assassination as much as he does the decapitation of his son and that any acts of violence only produce more violence.
But the problem raised by this political assassination is even more serious. If a terrorist is killed while resisting arrest to try him for his crimes, then that is definitely above criticism. But when the most powerful army in the world, with its 130,000 soldiers on the spot, has just received intelligence proving with certainty that this dangerous terrorist is in the isolated house, nothing can justify them sending in F16s to drop 500 kg bombs on the building, knowing full well that there were also innocent civilians present: A woman and child were among the victims, of course soon to be considered “collateral damage”.
With 130,000 soldiers, it would have been so easy to encircle the house in question and arrest Al Zarqawi so that he could be judged in court in due form and process just as every human being is entitled to. But instead they preferred to pulverise the house and the people inside it with their bombs and deny the occupants any form of justice. An execution without trial - a summary execution – carried out by the country that claims to be the world model of “civilisation and democracy”!
The American secret services, brilliant as they are, would have without a doubt known that there was also an innocent woman and child in the house. But they judged that their lives were without value, and this without any philosophical dilemma.
Let us imagine that there is a dangerous criminal in a house in Texas, with an innocent woman and child. Will the American authorities send an F16 to pulverise the lot? Of course not. So why in Iraq? Because for George Bush and his cronies, the life of an Iraqi does not have the same value as that of an American citizen, if any value at all. And millions of people from the Middle East will remember that, which will encourage many more young people to join the ranks of the terrorists in a spiralling vicious circle.
Only a head of state with Gandhi as a model can put an end to this vicious circle of violence. It is time for the United States to become an example again to the world of civilisation and democracy by replacing the criminal who is presently their chief of state with a man of peace and non-violence. Violence, even if justified, always engenders more violence and love and compassion engenders love and compassion.
In the eyes of those with low levels of consciousness, Michael Berg would be justified to celebrate the death of Zarqawi. To their great disappointment, he receives the news of the assassination of his son’s murderer with sadness and condemned it. That is why I have decided to attribute to him the title of Honorary Guide of Humanity. If only he would present his candidacy for the president of the United States!