Hit & Run

If Zarqawi Could Vote

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Via Michael Totten comes this roundup of Iraqi voices addressing the U.S. election. Many are pro-Bush (though not anti-Kerry) because they believe that a Bush loss will be taken as a repudiation of U.S. ambitions to encourage a liberalized Mideast, and will thus be an energizing victory for Zarqawi-type retrogrades.

Others in the Mideast with noteworthy views on the election include this liberal blogger in Egypt (for Bush), the great Michael Young in Beirut (for Bush), and this Dubai-based analyst who has concluded that Zarqawi wants Bush to "look like a loser who failed in Iraq and failed in the war against Al Qaeda and failed to prevent Al Qaeda from establishing a foothold in Iraq."