June 12, 2006
The purported execution of "Al-Qaeda mystery man" Musab
al-Zarqawi ends what was exposed
two months ago as a Pentagon psychological operation in leaked military
The pursuit of
Zarqawi is being sold as the "turning point" of the Iraq war. It is nothing of
the sort. This is another lie, heaped upon the multitude of lies that comprise
the "war on terrorism" itself.
Zarqawi: Pentagon psy-op and intelligence asset
What is a well-established (and deliberately unaddressed)
fact is that the United States government and US-connected intelligence agencies
created Islamic "terrorism." The US and its allies have continued to use
and guide terrorist cells, as well as fill worldwide media with "terrorism"
is Osama bin Laden?" and "Al-Qaeda:
As pointed out by Michel Chossodovsky in "The
Anglo-American War of Terror: An Overview", the continuing US-led war
of conquest rests upon a labyrinth of deceptions, of which "Zarqawi" is one:
"One of the main objectives of war propaganda is to
'fabricate an enemy.’ As anti-war sentiment grows and the political legitimacy
of the Bush administration falters, doubts regarding the existence of this
illusive 'outside enemy’ must be dispelled.
"Propaganda purports not only to drown the truth but also to
'kill the evidence’ on how this 'outside enemy,’ namely Osama bin Laden’s Al
Qaeda was fabricated and transformed into 'Enemy Number One.’"
With the Zarqawi hit, a bit more of this evidence has been
Zarqawi, "Bush's man
in Iraq" is not just a manipulated Anglo-American intelligence asset,
but a clumsy Pentagon psychological operation. The legend of the "shadowy
terror mastermind" responsible for virtually every act of violence in Iraq and
beyond has morphed and changed over the years. In a bizarre recent twist
(perhaps paving the way for last week’s finale), Zarqawi, the "great terrorist
mastermind," was depicted as an incompetent;
an object of ridicule lacking the knowledge to properly handle an automatic
weapon (leading to questions about the competence of US propaganda apparatus).
Zarqawi has been reported dead more than once, and now he is dead
again, deader than ever.
analysis, "Who is
Musab al Zarqawi?" (recently updated to include analysis of the
purported Zarqawi hit), chronicles the entire Zarqawi operation from its
inception. In this piece, Chossudovsky reveals:
" . . . a recent Washington Post article provides
details on leaked internal military documents which confirm the existence of a
PSYOP 'Zarqawi program’ at the Pentagon. (WP. 10 April 2006 ) The latter
consists in creating a 'Zarqawi Legend’ by feeding disinformation into the news
"The Zarqawi campaign is discussed in several of the
internal military documents. "Villainize Zarqawi/leverage xenophobia response,"
one U.S. military briefing from 2004 stated. It listed three methods:
"Media operations," "Special Ops (626)" (a reference to
Task Force 626, an elite U.S. military unit assigned primarily to hunt in Iraq
for senior officials in Hussein's government) and "PSYOP," the U.S.
military term for propaganda work . . ." (WP . 10 April 2006, further details).
"In this regard, the senior commander entrusted with
Pentagon's PSYOP operation is General Kimmitt who now occupies the
position of senior planner at US Central Command (USCENTCOM),
responsible for directing operations in Iraq and the Middle East
'There was clearly an information campaign to raise the
public awareness of who Zarqawi was, primarily for the Iraqi audience but also
with the international audience.’
"A goal of the campaign was to drive a wedge into the
insurgency by emphasizing Zarqawi's terrorist acts and foreign origin, said
officers familiar with the program. 'Through aggressive Strategic
Communications, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi now represents: Terrorism in Iraq/Foreign
Fighters in Iraq/Suffering of Iraqi People (Infrastructure Attacks)/Denial of
Iraqi Aspirations,’ the same briefing asserts . . . (Ibid)’"
Once it was exposed, this psy-op had to be shut down in the
most opportune and timely fashion, obliterating the trail behind an explosive
final blast of propaganda.
administration’s final lies
The Bush administration’s mighty Wurlitzer is in overdrive,
pushing again to inflate Bush's macho image, distract attention from unfolding
scandals (that won’t go away) and continuing losses in Iraq and Afghanistan. In
an election year, Bush-Rove is seeking to boost lowest-ever poll numbers, and
silence political opposition, with help from both corporate media and
"alternative" media. News broadcasts continue to show self-congratulatory Bush
White House players gloating about its glorious hunt for Islamic "quarry,"
and posturing over photos of the alleged Zarqawi corpse.
Chossudovsky notes, the
spin is obvious and transparent:
Bush administration is already announcing 'a post-Zarqawi era,’ suggesting
that with the death of its presumed leader, the 'insurgency’ is in the process
of being defeated. Zarqawi's death was an opportunity for the new government to
'turn the tide,’ Bush said. 'The ideology of terror has lost one of its
most visible and aggressive leaders.’
killing of Zarqawi has occurred at a time when Bush's public support is at
an all time low, as confirmed by the opinion polls. In a press conference at
the White House, Bush underscored the role of Zarqawi as
'commanders of the terrorist movement in Iraq. He led a campaign of car
bombings, assassinations and suicide attacks that has taken the lives of many
American forces and thousands of innocent Iraqis. Osama bin Laden called this
Jordanian terrorist the prince of Al Qaida in Iraq. He called on the terrorists
around the world to listen to him and obey him.’
Zarqawi has met his end and this violent man will never murder again,’
suggesting that the US has from now on the upper hand in Iraq. 'Zarqawi's death
is a severe blow to Al Qaida. It's a victory in the global war on terror, and
it is an opportunity for Iraq's new government to turn the tide of this
importantly: "Zarqawi's death has also served as a convenient cover-up of the
extensive war crimes committed by coalition forces in Iraq. The news
coverage suggests that Zarqawi, rather than coalition forces, are responsible for
countless atrocities and civilian deaths. In the words of Don Rumsfeld, the man
who led the criminal invasion and occupation of Iraq: 'I think arguably,
over the last several years no single person on this planet has had the blood
of more innocent man, women and children on his hands than Zarqawi.’"
(In fact, Bush, Cheney,
Rumsfeld, Rice and the other murderers of the Bush administration have more
blood on their hands than any US presidency in history. They know it. They like
The Bush administration
has momentarily succeeded in one respect: hapless congressional Democrats and
Left intellectuals (who have enthusiastically
supported the "war on terrorism") have been maneuvered and cowed into congratulating Bush’s
"success," and echoing the administration’s lies verbatim. They,
along with a large portion of the American sheeple, still jump through the
time-honored 9/11 propaganda hoops in Pavlovian fashion, each time Bush, Cheney,
Rumsfeld, Rice, and the New York Times and Fox News, say
"jump." But even this trick has lost its power. Even mainstream
reports have noted that any momentary popularity bump for Bush and his war have
been "fleeting" at best.
operation can hide the fact that the Bush administration and its neocon "plan"
has failed in catastrophic fashion: failed to do the job it was installed into
power to do; failed to conquer Central Asia and the Middle East; failed to
secure and control cheap oil; failed to gain geopolitical advantage over
superpower rivals. In fact, Bush-Cheney has obliterated what little
international respect the New World Order once believed it commanded.
"crescendo" signals what is likely the beginning of a final chapter in the Bush
administration’s "war on terror" fiction, as the administration itself faces
its own fall. In an attempt to save face, the mentally ill Bush and his
criminals know they must act now to create the illusion of victory, even as
their violent, criminal acts have left the New World Order, and the entire
world, in flames.
Could a spectacular pursuit and execution of
"Osama bin Laden" be far behind?
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