Why perform acts of terror? Because they work. Just ask Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Non-jihadists in Iraq, having cooperated with the Americans, continue to be targeted. From Al-Jazeera, with thanks to Nicolei:
The governor of Iraq’s Anbar province says he will happily resign if captors release three of his sons, snatched from their home by armed men.
“I am ready to give in to your demands, and if you believe my presence in the (provincial capital) city (Ramadi) does not serve the interests of the region, I am ready to go,” said Abd Al-Karim Bargis in an open letter to the province on Saturday.
Bargis defended his period of office in the vast province on the border with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, saying he had arranged convoys of food and medicine for residents in Falluja when the city was besieged by US troops in April.
On Wednesday, his sons, aged 15 to 30, were snatched by armed men who barged into and torched his family home in Ramadi while he was at work.