Reports of the death (by peaceful means) of Saddam’s former right-hand thug Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri are still unconfirmed. If al-Duri is dead, it would be a terrific blow against the terrorist insurgency in Iraq. While we remain focused on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the top al-Queda man in Iraq, al-Duri was (is?) one of the primary commanders of the Sunni insurgents. If he’s dead, that’s big time good news.