This is a partial transcript of "The Big Story With John Gibson," November 11, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.
JOHN GIBSON, HOST: Candlelight vigils are taking place in Jordan, where suicide bombings killed 57 people, including three Americans. A new statement on the Web from Al Qaeda in Iraq claims that four Iraqis, including a husband-and-wife team, carried out this week's attacks. Thousands of angry protesters are rallying against the Jordanian-born terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. A man who was celebrating his wedding at one of those hotels says those responsible are "not Muslims," because Muslims "don't kill each other."
Has the Arab world finally had enough of these terrorists? Let's ask former coalition spokesman and FOX News contributor, Dan Senor.
Dan, we all live in hope that one day the Arab world will have had enough of Zarqawi. Does that look like maybe that attitude is starting?
DAN SENOR, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Beginning of the end? One would hope, to quote Winston Churchill.
Look, there are attacks in Iraq every day against Muslims and yet no major Sunni Muslim cleric anywhere else in the Middle East has actually ever issued any kind of statement or fatwa against these attacks. And a criticism, you haven't seen people rally in the streets in the region against attacks in Iraq. And that's because the Arab media and the pan-Arab satellite television constantly broadcasts images of American Humvees and American tanks on the streets of Iraq, and they sort of link it to the American occupation of Iraq, and so this is an insurgency responding, effectively, to an occupation inside Iraq. When there are suicide attacks inside Iraq, these poor Muslims are caught in the crossfire.
But there are no such images in Jordan. Jordan is a "peaceful country." Interestingly enough, it's 95 percent Sunni. And there are no images of American Humvees and American tanks so, you know, average Arabs, average Muslims say, why are we attacking these people? There is nothing going on there. There is no occupation. It doesn't look like Iraq, and it doesn't look like the West Bank. How do we justify it? And I think this has the potential to galvanize Arab Muslims because you don't have those inflammatory images.
GIBSON: Well, but the test is, does anybody call, pick up their cell phone and make a call, and say Zarqawi is in the light green house at the end of Abadaya street somewhere?
SENOR: Right. Well, the first test is whether or not the leadership of these communities stand up and tell their people, this is unacceptable. We have got to put a stop to it. We've got to send a statement.
You look at Zawahiri, bin Laden's No. 2 guy, and in that statement, he says, look, you are going to turn the community against you. You are going to turn Arab Muslim sympathies against you if you keep attacking these innocents. Zarqawi has been actually bombing weddings inside Iraq for a long time now. He's exported this tactic.
Look, you are right, local, indigenous intelligence is the coin of the realm. Every military commander will tell you they need local, indigenous intelligence. And whether or not these people start, the Iraqis start betting on us rather than betting on the insurgency and giving us and the Iraqi security forces the information we need to get Zarqawi remains an open question. I think the odds are better when it looks like the broader grassroots among the Arab Muslim world are turning against Zarqawi. And I think strategically, this bombing in this particular country was a real mistake for Zarqawi and could be the beginning stage of having a galvanizing effect.
GIBSON: As I used to say about Bill Clinton, we live in hope. Dan Senor, thank you very much.
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