September 20, 2005
"The Iraqi security officials on Monday variously accused two Britons
they detained of shooting at Iraqi forces or TRYING TO PLANT EXPLOSIVES."
Washington Post, Ellen Knickmeyer, 9-20-05;
"British Smash into Jail to Free
Two Detained Soldiers"
In more than two years since the United States initiated hostilities
against Iraq, there has never been a positive identification of Abu Musab
That doesn't mean that he doesn't exist; it simply suggests that prudent
people will challenge the official version until his whereabouts and
significance in the conflict can be verified.
At present, much of the rationale for maintaining the occupation depends
on this elusive and, perhaps, illusory figure. It's odd how Al-Zarqawi
appears at the precise coordinates of America's bombing-raids, and then,
miraculously vanishes unscathed from the scene of the wreckage. This would
be a remarkable feat for anyone, but especially for someone who only has one
Al-Zarqawi may simply be a fantasy dreamed up by Pentagon planners to
put a threatening face on the Iraqi resistance. The Defense Dept has been
aggressive in its effort to shape information in a way that serves the
overall objectives of the occupation. The primary aim of the Pentagon's
"Strategic Information" program is to distort the truth in a way that
controls the storyline created by the media. Al-Zarqawi fits perfectly
within this paradigm of intentional deception.
The manipulation of information factors heavily in the steady increase
of Iraqi casualties, too. Although the military refuses "to do body counts";
many people take considerable interest in the daily death toll.
Last week, over 200 civilians were killed in seemingly random acts of
violence purportedly caused by al-Zarqawi. But, were they?
Were these massive attacks the work of al-Zarqawi as the western media
reports or some other "more shadowy" force?
One member of the Iraqi National Assembly. Fatah al-Sheikh, stated, "It
seems that the American forces are trying to escalate the situation in order
to make the Iraqi people suffer.. There is a huge campaign for the agents of
the foreign occupation to enter and plant hatred between the sons of the
Iraqi people, and spread rumors in order to scare the one from the other.
The occupiers are trying to start religious incitement and if it does not
happen, then they will try to start an internal Shiite incitement."
Al-Sheikh's feelings are shared by a great many Iraqis. They can see
that everything the US has done, from the forming a government made up
predominantly of Shi'ites and Kurds, to creating a constitution that allows
the breaking up to the country (federalism), to using the Peshmerga and Badr
militia in their attacks on Sunni cities, to building an Interior Ministry
entirely comprised of Shi'ites, suggests that the Pentagon's strategy is to
fuel the sectarian divisions that will lead to civil war. Al-Zarqawi is an
integral facet of this broader plan. Rumsfeld has cast the Jordanian as the
agent-provocateur; the driving force behind religious partition and
But, al-Zarqawi has nothing to gain by killing innocent civilians, and
everything to lose. If he does actually operate in Iraq, he needs logistical
supporting all his movements; including help with safe-houses, assistants,
and the assurance of invisibility in the community. ("The ocean in which he
swims") These would disappear instantly if he recklessly killed and maimed
innocent women and children.
Last week the Imam of Baghdad's al-Kazimeya mosque, Jawad al-Kalesi said,
that "al-Zarqawi is dead but Washington continues to use him as a bogeyman
to justify a prolonged military occupation. He's simply an invention by the
occupiers to divide the people." Al-Kalesi added that al-Zarqawi was killed
in the beginning of the war in the Kurdish north and that "His family in
Jordan even held a ceremony after his death." (AFP)
Most Iraqis probably agree with al-Kalesi, but that hasn't deterred the
Pentagon from continuing with the charade. This is understandable given that
al-Zarqawi is the last tattered justification for the initial invasion. It's
doubtful that the Pentagon will ditch their final threadbare apology for the
war. But the reality is vastly different from the spin coming from the
military. In fact, foreign fighters play a very small role in Iraq with or
without al-Zarqawi. As the Center for Strategic and International Studies
(CSIS) revealed this week in their report, "Analysts and government
officials in the US and Iraq overstated the size of the foreign element in
the Iraqi insurgency.. Iraqi fighters made up less than 10% of the armed
groups' ranks, perhaps, even half of that." The report poignantly notes
that most of the foreign fighters were not previously militants at all, but
were motivated by, "revulsion at the idea of an Arab land being occupied by
a non-Arab country."
The report concludes that the invasion of Iraq has added thousands of
"fresh recruits to Osama bin Laden's network;" a fact that is no longer in
dispute among those who have studied the data on the topic.
The al-Zarqawi phantasm is a particularly weak-link in the Pentagon's
muddled narrative. The facts neither support the allegations of his
participation nor prove that foreigners are a major contributor to the
ongoing violence. Instead, the information points to a Defense establishment
that cannot be trusted in anything it says and that may be directly involved
in the terrorist-bombings that have killed countless thousands of Iraqi
Regrettably, that is prospect that can't be ignored. After all, no one
else benefits from the slaughter.
(Note: Since this article was written, the Washington Post has added to our
suspicions. In an Ellen Knickmeyer article "British Smash into Iraqi Jail to
free 2 detained Soldiers" 9-20-05, Knickmeyer chronicles the fighting
between British forces and Iraqi police who were detaining 2 British
commandos. "THE IRAQI SECURITY OFFICIALS ON MONDAY VARIOUSLY ACCUSED THE TWO
BRITONS THEY DETAINED OF SHOOTING AT IRAQI FORCES or TRYING TO PLANT
Is this why the British army was ordered to "burst through the walls of
an Iraqi jail Monday in the southern city of Basra".followed by "British
armored vehicles backed by helicopter gun-ships" ending in "hours of gun
battles and rioting in Basra's streets"? (Washington Post)
Reuters reported that "half a dozen armored vehicles had smashed into
the jail" and the provincial governor, Mohammed Walli, told news agencies
that the British assault was "barbaric, savage and irresponsible."
So, why were the British so afraid to go through the normal channels to
get their men released?
Could it be that the two commandos were "trying to plant explosives" as
the article suggests?
An interview on Syrian TV last night also alleges that the British
commandos "were planting explosives in one of the Basra streets".
"Al-Munajjid] In fact, Nidal, this incident gave answers to questions and
suspicions that were lacking evidence about the participation of the
occupation in some armed operations in Iraq. Many analysts and observers
here had suspicions that the occupation was involved in some armed
operations against civilians and places of worship and in the killing of
scientists. But those were only suspicions that lacked proof. The proof came
today through the arrest of the two British soldiers while they were
planting explosives in one of the Basra streets. This proves, according to
observers, that the occupation is not far from many operations that seek to
sow sedition and maintain disorder, as this would give the occupation the
justification to stay in Iraq for a longer period.
[Zaghbur] Ziyad al-Munajjaid in Baghdad, thank you very much.
Copyright Syrian Arab TV and BBC Monitoring, 2005"
And then there was this on Al-Jazeera TV, Doha, 9-19-05; Interview with
Fattah al-Shayk, member of the National Assembly and deputy for Basra.
."the sons of Basra caught two non-Iraqis, who seem to be Britons and were
in a car of the Cressida type. It was a booby-trapped car laden with
ammunition and was meant to explode in the centre of the city of Basra in
the popular market. However, the sons of the city of Basra arrested them.
They [the two non-Iraqis] then fired at the people there and killed some of
them. The two arrested persons are now at the Intelligence Department in
Basra, and they were held by the National Guard force, but the British
occupation forces are still surrounding this department in an attempt to
absolve them of the crime."<
Copyright Al Jazeera TV and BBC Monitoring, 2005 (Thanks to Michel
Chossudovsky at Global Research for the quotes from Al Jazeera and Syrian
Does this solve the al-Zarqawi mystery? Are the bombs that are killing so
many Iraqi civilians are being planted by British and American Intelligence?
We'll have to see if this damning story can be corroborated by other
Courtesy and Copyright © Mike Whitney