AMMAN, Jordan -- At least 200,000 persons demonstrated yesterday against the recent bombings of three luxury hotels, while a new online statement attributed to terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi defended the attacks and threatened to cut off the head of Jordan's King Abdullah II.Considering the depth and breadth of distain the Jordanians are expressing for Abu-baby, a distain that often overflows into mockery and hatred, I wonder if the King might get some additional benefit by going on the air with his own speech which he could end with something like:
An anti-terrorist demonstration of such size is unprecedented in the Arab world, where Zarqawi, his mentor, Osama bin Laden, and their al Qaeda organization have attained folk-hero status among Muslim masses.
"Zarqawi, from Amman, we say to you: 'You are a coward,' " protesters chanted while brandishing banners with the names of their tribes from every part of Jordan.
A similar protest in Jordan two days after the attacks on three hotels in the capital, which killed 59 persons, mustered several thousand people.
One attacker blew himself up at a wedding party in the ballroom of the Radisson SAS hotel. Seventeen relatives of the bride and groom died.
"More than 100,000 people took part in the demonstration which left the al-Husseini mosque and then moved towards Amman town hall," security forces spokesman Bashir al-Daajeh told Agence France-Presse.
"Their number increased as the demonstrators were approaching the town hall and then reached 250,000," he estimated.
"Bring it on, sheepf****r." Of course, he has doesn't have to say that exactly, he has the liberty to use whatever name he wants.
I suspect it might taken up as a standard cry at the next protest. Who know, it could be become the blessing for the last nail in Zarqawi's coffin and spur the sea change of attitude in the Middle East towards Al Qaeda. It would certainly be nice to see.