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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The bogeyman

Terrorism expert Loretta Napoleoni claims the US has created a convenient myth around Iraqi insurgent Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

"He became what we wanted him to be. We put him there, not the jihadists," Napoleoni said.

Just remember this when administration officials blame Zarqawi for every insurgent attack in Iraq and beyond.


Blogger Wombat said...

The way that the adminstration has used Zarqawi, you'd think the guy was ona retainer.

In at least 3 occasions before hteh war, teh US military drew up plans to attack his camp, in JKurdistan and all three times, the White Hosue denied permissin to do so. They reasoned that his presence in Iraq would strenghten the case for war.

Indeed Powell used Zarqawis presense in Iraq as evidence that Saddam was frinedw with terrorists. What he failed to mention was that Zarqawi\s camp was beyind the reach of Saddam an under the no fly zones.

So much for war on terror.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:17:00 am  
Blogger boredinHK said...

No this isn't reasonable.
There are reports that al-Zarqawi has died and his family has carried out a burial service.
Who's going to clarify this ?
The US need him regardless but really ...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:22:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

I heard that too. Just a question of whether he's more valuebale dead or alive to the US.

it woudl blwo up in Bush;s face if indeed he was dead and the last letter that was "intercepted", proved to be a hoax.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:31:00 am  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

I don't know whether Zarqawi lives.

Whats crucial is that Americans love/hate a bogeyman. The destruction of a dictator boosts defence budgets and justifies seemingly outrageous treatment of foreigners.

This is their governments pressing reason for Empire, just as the the Cross and the Sword justified European imperialism from the 15th to 19th centuries.

Bin Laden's quiet death or continuing invisibility must be steadily embarassing for Bush.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:35:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

which is why the focus is being moved away from Bin Laden to Zarqawi more.

Zarqawi has in fact become essential to the pro was party for defining the enemy. Upon him, the whole Islamo facist theory has been built, and the attention diverted from the long established grievances of the Arabs in th Middle East (i.e. US bases, support for doctators and unconditional uspport fro Israel in the struggel with the Palestinians).

With Zarqawi around, they seem convinced they can keep the "they hate us for our freedoms" charade.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:44:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

boredinHK said...
"There are reports that al-Zarqawi has died and his family has carried out a burial service."

I've hear this rumour too. Where is it coming from? Is it true?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 12:51:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

The reports abtou his family conducting a burial service, sans the body, have been widely reported.

The fact reamins that no one has been able to positively identify this one legged, travelling houdini act, since the invasion began.

John Pilger described him as the Scarlett Pimpenel, he's evrywhere and he's nowhere.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 1:00:00 pm  
Blogger boredinHK said...

Re Bin Laden,
I was lead to understand he needs dialysis. This is not a minor medical treatment and while things may be improving in Waziristan to believe he is being treated successfully for this with the necessary expertise ( his 2IC is a mediacl doctor ?) and equipment is far fetched.
Perhaps if the US wants to find him they should follow the medical equipment trail!
( these machines require lots of sterile tubing , filters and general minor surgical bits and pieces.)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 4:06:00 pm  

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