FrauBudgie’s liveblogging of the al-Zarqawi coverage over at Wizbang Bomb Squad got picked up by TVNewser and Inside Cable, which is very cool. TVNewser also point out MSNBC’s Middle East bureau chief Richard Engel writing at Blogging Baghdad:
[A]ll of the Iraqi journalists who were in the room started to applaud. There were women in the back who started “ululating” – which is that traditional Arabic way of celebration when someone wags the tongue back and forth and makes sort of a wailing or shrieking noise.
…People started applauding and cheering. I hadn’t seen that kind of reaction since Saddam Hussein was captured and there was a similar spontaneous outpouring of excitement from the Iraqi press corps that was gathered.
…[A]fterwards, I walked up to one of al-Malaki’s aides who I know and started giving him a hard time, saying “What are you doing to me? Why didn’t you tell me about this beforehand?”
He just smiled. He couldn’t contain his excitement. He gave me a hug. It was just an indication of how ecstatic they are that not only is Zarqawi dead, but that this can be a new start for the Iraqi government. He was literally hugging me because he couldn’t contain his excitement.
What’s that, a bit of humor, a little acknowledgment that a barbarian has been snuffed out, and that something hopeful happened?
Not to worry though, NBC newser Jim Maceda kicks the ball down the field in the very next post…