Castro: Zarqawi Raid a Barbarity
Noted humanitarian Fidel Castro has criticized the American raid that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
President Fidel Castro called the U.S. airstrike that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a “barbarity,” saying he should have been put on trial. The United States acted as “judge and jury” against the leader of the al-Qaida in Iraq, Castro said late Friday. “They bragged, they were practically drunk with happiness.” “The accused cannot just be eliminated,” he told a literacy conference. “This barbarity cannot be done.”
This is rather amusing given Castro’s human rights record. While we obviously want to be better than him, this does not extend so far as to providing trials before killing enemies during wartime. Zarqawi was killed, not in retribution for his many attrocities, but because he was the leader of the most dangerous faction of the “insurgency” we are fighting.