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.