Monday, June 12, 2006

The Zarqawi Story

Who was that dead man in the photo that was put on display in a gold frame and professionally matted for that “polished” look? The U.S. and “Iraqi” government told us he was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq and one of the most brutal terrorists on the planet, but Zarqawi, as we've come to know him, may have been more a manufactured villain than an actual man.

I have never seen or read anything that suggests Zarqawi was anything more than an amalgamation of different people, a creation of American propaganda. He was used as justification for the Iraq invasion when we were told he was the Al-Qaeda operative that, after being wounded in Afghanistan, sought medical treatment in Baghdad where he supposedly had his leg amputated. Clearly this was proof that Saddam Hussein was aiding and abetting Osama bin Laden. After the invasion, and after Zarqawi’s leg amputation, we were told that the masked man in the video seen quickly going down on bended knee to decapitate Nicholas Berg, was Zarqawi. I’m not saying that it wasn’t, but he showed some pretty amazing dexterity for a man with a prosthetic leg. But that can be explained away by claiming that the original story was wrong. How convenient.

And months after that, we were told that U.S. forces had almost captured Zarqawi in a car chase in Iraq, but Zarqawi managed to jump from the car and outrun (again, with a prosthetic leg) our soldiers where he “disappeared” into the desert. That’s quite a feat in flat terrain with few places to hide, even with the two working legs Allah gave you.

Yes, there are terrorists that are willing to kill in the most brutal of ways to further their cause, and the dead man in the picture may very well have been one of them. But the truth of Zarqawi’s influence in Iraq is not found in this media frenzy over his death that seems more designed to boost President Bush’s poll numbers than anything else. Trotting out a dead terrorist is good red meat for the base, but whether or not it changes the situation of the ground in Iraq is another story all together. I think most of us know that it won’t.

15 Comments:

Anonymous lester said...

this is just pure liberal petulance. because YOU don't happen to know anything about the middle east AND it helps Bush it must be a conspiracy.

"Zarqawi: the new face of al queda" read it. It has plenty of data about the guys life. www.theatlantic.com has a great article. conspiracy thoeires ar ethe liberal version of redneck hate speech

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, brother! You really need to change your brand of booze.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

Who was that dead man in the photo that was put on display in a gold frame and professionally matted for that “polished” look?

I don't care if the dude was al Zarqawi or Kermit the Frog. The idea of framing a photo of his dead body is grisly. Who do ya think is going to put that on there wall?

12:54 PM  
Anonymous rkelly said...

Lester, you are definitely one who has drunk the kook aid. It was kool aid once upon a time but now that all the facts can be proven, it is kook aid.

No one can help you or anonymous because you are both the trout which this administration has gone all the way to the bank betting on, you have taken the bait - hook, line and sinker.

All the proof in the world cannot change your minds because those who prayed for the propaganda to go to war (you and anon) are of the many who love to mass murder.

Murder is murder and this current government and those who support them/it, are murderers.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Leser said...

My brand of booze is Old english 800. If it's good enough for Ice cube it's good enough for me

1:15 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

rkelly- I liked "chocolate factory" but you're way off base here. liberal conspiracy theories are conservatives best friend. They have whole websites dedicated to "there is no zarqawi" DU people. they are laughing at you. laughing. LAUGHING

1:17 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Lester--I am not saying that Zarqawi was not a real person, nor do I doubt that he has committed acts of terrorism. What I am saying is that his role in Iraq was purposefully hyped by this administration (and some of the acts attributed to him may not have been his doing) in an attempt to make more of a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents than there is and to give the US people another boogieman. It's easier to support violently "putting down" terrorists than it is Iraqis resisting an American occupation of their country.

I'm not getting this information from conspiracy web sites, I'm getting it from respected newspapers. Read the piece from Editor & Publisher, there was a PSYOP program to hype Zarqawi. You call me petulant, but perhaps you’re a little too quick to accept this administration’s propaganda as fact? They certainly haven’t done anything to prove to me that they deserve the benefit of the doubt, so I’ll keep being skeptical and asking question instead of taking their word for anything. Not everything they say is a lie, but they’ve lied enough for me to want to check their facts before accepting their version as truth.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

I read the article and have read the letter. Zarqawi really did want to start a civil war between sunnis and shias. and he was responsible for many of the more horrible acts of terrorism in iraq. The US were essentially doing no more than playing a card that they had. one of the few.

the stuff Bil safire wrote from that is off base though. typical circa 04 straw grasping.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous rkelly said...

Lester, darling, stop watching your tv because the psyops has scrambled your brain waves and you now do exactly what you are programmed to do, which is exactly what "Zarqawi" was and is too, a propaganda tool.

Everyone is crying because you are one of the poor idiots of the village and yet we all suffer due to your madness.

Laughing is for those who can see the joy in life, not for those who are murderers.

No intelligent human being expects you to laugh at the joy of living because you, et al. can only laugh at what you think you know and yet you do not.

Your time on this earth shall be measured in the vote for the destruction of humanity and the ignorance of energy.

Wow, what a legacy.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Jeast said...

Zarqawi was the Bush administrations boogey man. We went in to Iraq to find WMDs' not Zarqawi. He just happened to be one of the many that escorted themselves over the border. WMD's remember? And why does the government keep explaining how Zarqawi died. He was killed last week and they are still trying to explain how he died. Yes, the conspiracy theorists were exulting that he was beaten to death. How can one not think that since we were lied to from the beginning. WMD's?... then we were fighting for Democracy for the Iraqi people who could give a rip, since the Sunni's hate the Shia's and vice versa. And don't forget the Kurd's Why don't they show pictures of the other people who were killed along with Zarqawi, by the
1000 lb bombs. One jet left and bombed the designated site and the other jet was still getting fuel in the air so he was not able to carry out his orders. They had to act fast so Zarqawi wouldn't get away. A hastily gathered group at Camp David...none of them looked thrilled to be there. Propoganda will be used no matter what. To get that Project American Century estblished. You can bomb the world into pieces....but you can't bomb the world into peace....

11:50 PM  
Blogger Devil's Advocate said...

The title of Zarqawi was nothing more than a mantle people, nothing to fight over. Its a tactic classically used to rally rebels

...I hear he's 7 feet tall!!!
...I heard he has 1 leg!!!
...I heard he's killed hundreds of men!!!!

How? He was 8 different people, just passing on a title. No big deal. The US dealt with it by showing his corpse to the world. The insurgents will likely find a new "savior", maybe Zoro this time.

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Lester, I apologize. My comment about booze preference was directed at the author, not you.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous lester said...

anonymous- my "brand" is whatevers on sale

12:29 PM  
Anonymous boynextdoor said...

Yeah, the body was put together from old body parts and dropped by a black helicopter. It is obviously a major defeat for America when a terrorist dies. Very insightful article.

8:00 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

boynextdoor--Yeah, that's what I'm saying, you're pretty insightful yourself. Come on, use your brain a little, it only hurts at first.

8:18 PM  

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