June 9, 2006
I really never knew that one's lower jaw
could drop to the level of the midriff, but here I sit, dribbling on my
toes, a living testimony to the capacity of the marvellous machine that
is the human body to adapt to new data. Of course, it would be remiss
of me not to thank the members of the Bush government for providing me
with this experience and who have also provided me with a new
appreciation for, and understanding of, the words 'lie' and 'blatant'.
Of course, I really should have seen it coming. With the recent
reports of fine American soldiers summarily executing Iraqi children
with a bullet (or several) to the head and what such acts suggest about
the reality of 'operation Iraqi freedom', the US government was always
going to have to pull something out of the bag. And we didn't have to
wait long. Today, in an inspiring act of self-sacrifice, the Pentagon
offered up one of its most valued assets - the phantom Islamic
terrorist known as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Through this act, the U.S. government clearly hopes to convince the
American people and the world that it really is fighting a 'war on
terror' in Iraq against real 'terrorists', despite the fact that
American troops have shown a proclivity for 'offing' Iraqi children and
pregnant women rather than 'terrorists', (maybe they can't find any)
and someone seems determined to embroil Iraqi civilians in an ethnic bloodbath.
As if this blatant and obvious manipulation were not enough, we now
have to face ourselves into the nauseous backslapping and rhetoric as
Bush and Co play up this "victory" in the war on terror. For example,
Bush: U.S. forces 'delivered justice'
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most recognizable face of Iraq's violent
insurgency, died in a coalition airstrike near Baquba, authorities said
today. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad called al-Zarqawi "the
godfather of sectarian killing and terror in Iraq." President Bush
said, "Zarqawi has met his end and this violent man will never murder
Notice also that Bush, in true moron style, patronizingly informs us that when someone is dead, they can't murder anyone. What would
we do without him. The real question here however is not whether or not
Bush has a functioning brain, but whether "al-Zarqawi" has been doing
anything other than decomposing for the past 2+ years, given that Iraqi
militants claimed that he died in a US bombing raid sometime before March 2004.
In the above CNN report, the US ambassador to Iraq (is it possible
to be an ambassador to a country that you own?) ascribes much of the
sectarian killing in Iraq over the past two years to 'al Zarqawi'. But
before we rush to reasonable and logical conclusions and assume that
most car bombings and executions will now stop, Tony Blair wants us to know
that "Zarqawi's death will not end the killing in Iraq" and that,
"insurgents in Iraq will seek revenge for the killing of 'al Zarqawi'
and will "fight back hard". Not much to celebrate then, which, I
suppose, is only to be expected when you 'kill' a 'master terrorist'
who has been dead for 2+ years.
That 'al Zarqawi' existed more or less in the lurid dreams of Donald Rumsfeld was backed up by American military intelligence agents in Iraq
who reported in October 2004 that 'al-Zarqawi' was "more man than myth"
and that his position as arch al-Qaeda terrorist in Iraq was
essentially a creation of the Bush administration who wanted to "find a
villain for the post-invasion mayhem."
The was also the very obviously fabricated
February 2004 'letter' that was alleged, by the U.S. government, to be
a communiquÚ from al-Zarqawi to Bin laden. Who can forget the stoicism
of the Pentagon when it refused to reveal from whom it had obtained the
'letter' and the patriotism of Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt when he said:
"the important thing is that we have this document in our hands, how it
was found is not as important as the fact that we have it and that we
can use it."
In the letter, Zarqawi conveniently took pre-emptive responsibility
for the wave of sectarian attacks and shrine bombings in Iraq over the
last 2 years. In the letter 'Zarqawi' 'wrote':
"We are striving urgently and racing against time to create
companies of mujahidin that will repair to secure places and strive to
reconnoiter the country, hunting the enemy -- Americans, police, and
soldiers -- on the roads and lanes. We are continuing to train and
multiply them. As for the Shi'a, we will hurt them, God willing,
through martyrdom operations and car bombs."
In a tape released in April 2004 'al-Zarqawi' called on Iraqis to
"burn the earth under the occupiers' feet." As yet no one has been able
to explain the logic behind 'al Zarqawi's' plan to encourage Iraqis to
join him in fighting American troops while at the same time attacking
and killing Iraqis. It is also a mystery why 'al-Zarqawi' believes that
attacking and killing Iraqi civilians is the best way to 'destroy the
If we were in any way conspiratorially minded, we might suggest
that 'al-Zarqawi' was simply a ficticious point man in a U.S. military
psychological operation designed to hide the U.S. government's military
and political policy in Iraq - but everyone knows 'conspriacies' do not
exist. Long-standing American and British counter-insurgency tactics
that amount to the same thing on the other hand...