Friday, June 09, 2006

Zarqawi, or someone just like him, is dead

I posted on Zarqawi 's death yesterday at the DetNews along with the rest of the world. I think one of the best posts on the subject I saw was by Chris Floyd, who put Zarqawi's life and death into historical context . It's a must read in full but here's a couple of quotes to get you interested.
Zarqawi, the notorious shape-shifter who, according to grainy video evidence, was able to regenerate lost limbs, speak in completely different accents, alter the contours of his bone structure and also suffered an unfortunate binge-and-purge weight problem which caused him to change sizes with almost every appearance, was head of an organization that quite fortuitously dubbed itself "Al Qaeda in Iraq" just around the time that the Bush Administration began changing its pretext for the conquest from "eliminating Iraq's [non-existent] weapons of mass destruction" to "fighting terrorists over there so we don't have to fight them over here." [...]

Despite its fortuitousness, the reputed death of the multi-legged brigand came as no real surprise. After all, approximately 376 of his "top lieutenants" had been killed or captured by Coalition forces in the past three years, according to press reports, and some 5,997 lower-ranking "al Qaeda terrorists" have been killed in innumerable operations during that same period, according to Pentagon press releases. With the widespread, on-going, much-publicized decimation of his group, Zarqawi had obviously been rendered isolated and ineffective – except of course for the relentless series of high-profile terrorist spectaculars he kept carrying out, according to other Pentagon press releases. [...]

At every turn, the Bush team had painted a picture of Saddam Hussein as a powerful dictator able to threaten the entire world. They had implied, insinuated and sometimes openly declared that he was in league with al Qaeda. But this wildly successful psy-ops campaign would have been undermined by a raid on Zarqawi, which would have exposed the truth: that Saddam was a crippled, toothless despot who had lost control of much of his own land and couldn't even threaten vast enemy armies within his own borders – much less his neighbors or the rest of the world. It would have also exposed the fact that the only Islamic terrorists operating on Iraqi soil were in areas controlled by America and its allies – which, now that Mr. Bush's invasion has opened the whole country to extremist terror, is still the case.
And the punch line is a killer. There was a $25 million bounty on Zarqawi's head which Bush vowed to pay.
So if Bush does decide to pay off the informants -- and it's his money, after all, not Maliki's; in fact, in today's Iraq, any money that Maliki's government might still have left after three years of occupation rapine is Bush's money too -- but if Zarqawi's rumblers are paid off, then it's likely that Bush will be forking over $25 million to Iraq's Sunni insurgents. That will certainly keep them flush with IEDs for a long time to come. It's FUBAR every which way you turn in Bush's Babylon.
And speaking of Zarqawi's head, how fortunate that they bombed the house he was in, into cinders and yet his head is intact and recognizable? For all we know he really has been dead for months or years and they made a really good dummy. Of course, I've been thinking that could be true about Bush for a long time too.
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Anonymous lester said...

As someone who studies the middle east quite voraciously, this "psy ops" stuff is just silly. Conspiracy theories are nothing more than a mask for ignorance.

1:16:00 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Well, lester, that really was a large, impromptu crowd that jubilantly pulled down Saddam's statue, Jessica Lynch was saved from sadistic Iraqis by brave commandos, Saddam lived in a hole in the ground and a multi trillion dollar defense system just sorta hiccuped sept.11.
Nope, nothing to see here, guess I'll move on.

3:08:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

You must be very young Lester if you can't conceive of the possibility of psy ops. Especially considering the Pentagon has admitted they do it....

2:52:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

I feel very young. today especially.

the jessica lynch story fell apart under closer inspection. plus, your conflating random pr stunts with huge events like 9/11 and the death of one of the most wanted men on earth.

Why would they make up the story of a soldier randomly finding saddams hiding place? It's not exactly John Wayne material like tillman or jessica lynch.

there is more than enough material in plain site to have at this administration, no need to make things up or explore the shold not be explored.

8:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Lester, who needs to make stuff up? It's a matter of public record if you read the foreign press that we didn't "find" Saddam. I forget who it was now that cornered him but it wasn't our troops. We just swept in after the fact and collected him as if we were the big heros. Kind of like hunting on a game farm where they throw the game out in front of you....

8:51:00 AM  
Anonymous lester said...

ktkovI actually don't rememeber who they said found saddam. My point is there is such an unbelievable bounty of very public problems with this administration. ever see the simpsons where homer is in the land of chocolate and he sees a store that has chocolate half price? that's what conspiracy theories are to the bush administration

9:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

But they aren't conspiracy theories once they've been proven. Then they become part of the body of evidence on just how morally bereft this administration is and one would hope that finally, one last incident will be the tipping point that breaks through public apathy and raises a groundswell for a call for resignation.

Failing that, one must preserve the record for possible criminal indictment in the future.

10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous lester said...

name a conspiracy theory that's been proven. conspriacy implying something bigger than a lie ie iran -contra

2:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Lester, conspiracy theories are generally proven long after the fact. History will prove the malfeasance of this administration long after it will do any good.

12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

liberal petulance.^

3:20:00 PM  

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