portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reposts global

corporate dominance | imperialism & war | media criticism

Review: The Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Reality Show: Thumbs Down say Critics

The last week of May was a nail-biting time for fans of the greatest soap opera to come out of the War on Terror - the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Show.
zarqawi should go hang w/ bin forgotten, that's probably the safest place
zarqawi should go hang w/ bin forgotten, that's probably the safest place
Maybe zarqawi didn't escape to Iran, just his prosthetic leg
Maybe zarqawi didn't escape to Iran, just his prosthetic leg
Zarqawi's evil kitten, molded in his image
Zarqawi's evil kitten, molded in his image
By week?s end the world?s most wanted terrorist ? scourge of the occupation and Shiite Muslims, representative of Osama bin Forgotten ? gravely wounded in battle, had made his way to the safety of Shiite Iran. Think about that. He manages to get from the west of Iraq, across the war-torn country, through dozens of checkpoints, to seek safety among apostates he had sworn to expunge from the face of the earth. If you believe that, I have a second-hand Nissan Bluebird to sell you.

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a real Zarqawi. Nobody is willing to tell what really happened to him, but at some point before the invasion of Iraq he vanished from the real world and entered the twilight zone of black operations to become a symbol of evil and a master of disguise. Nowadays he hides out in the CIA complex at Langley, Virginia, a basement in Baghdad?s Green Zone, an office in Kuwait ? or maybe all three.

Are the black ops boys who script the Zarqawi character having fun? We can only imagine the mirth as they workshop their man?s next adventure over a Budweiser or three, the snickers as they upload his latest message to the internet, the hysterical laughter as they follow the earnest accounts of his evil deeds in the world?s media. With journalists as compliant as this, it must be like shooting fish in a barrel.

For those who haven?t been following the Zarqawi show here?s a synopsis:

The wicked Wahabist first came to notice when Colin Powell tried to coerce the UN into backing the invasion of Iraq. Our man was his key bit of evidence for collusion between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda. Zarqawi, having lost a leg in combat, had an artificial one fitted in one of Saddam?s hospitals, Powell claimed. Oddly enough, he was said to be hiding out among his bitter enemies in Kurdish-controlled territory, then protected by the US enforced no-fly zone. Really?

After the invasion of Iraq the Coalition Provisional Authority ?discovered? a CD containing a letter from Zarqawi to bin Laden in which the dastardly insurgent railed against Iraq?s Shiite majority and outlined his plan to foment civil war in the country. Naturally, Coalition spokesman trotted out this proof of the evil of the Resistance on every possible occasion. Not only was Zarqawi behind every car bombing in Iraq he then went international and masterminded the Madrid train bombing.

Then, just in time to counteract the shock of the Abu Ghraib scandal, Zarqawi beheaded the missing American contractor, Nick Berg. Trouble was, the tin-leg terrorist was seen on the notorious beheading video stepping nimbly forward to wield the knife. Ah, the US spokesmen glibly admitted, maybe his leg wasn?t shot off after all, maybe we were wrong about that. Pity about the 100,000 Iraqis who died in the invasion, but, hey, everybody makes mistakes.

After the Berg job, Zarqawi vanished for a while, before surfacing in Fallujah, where he provided the excuse for the Yanks to flatten the city, with the loss of tens of thousands more lives. There was vague media talk of US troops finding Zarqawi?s torture chambers, but strangely, no pictures or first-hand accounts. Alas, the man himself vanished ? to be useful another day.

He popped up in the West of Iraq, near the Syrian border, where he became the subject of the recent Operation Matador. A few more towns were flattened but gosh, no Zarqawi.

Which brings us down to the last week of May, when the world?s press began to run with stories by embedded journalists to the effect that Zarqawi had been wounded in an ambush. At first this stuff was attributed to statements on those mysterious Islamic websites (?the authenticity of which couldn?t be confirmed?) that only embedded journalists get tipped off about and that vanish after a few hours.

The US army spokesman played inquiries with a straight face. ?We don?t know whether it?s fact or fiction. He continues to be our number one target?, he said. Naturally.

So did the puppet Iraqi prime minister?s ?security advisor? who added: ?In all cases there are many probabilities. Maybe he is not wounded and he posted this statement on the internet to say he is wounded and then post another statement to say that he is treated and fine and he is like superman?.

Indeed. Like Superman: mythical figure with fabulous powers.

But then the plot had thickened. By Thursday 26 May the mainstream media were breathlessly reporting that a struggle for succession had broken out within al-Qaeda Iraq Inc., which was leaking like Australia?s Liberal Party during a leadership contest. Half the organization was spending hours on the phone to Western journalists, who were offering direct quotes from a variety of talkative terrorists. Yeah, right. How likely is that?

On that day Donald Rumsfeld, no less, told thousands of US paratroopers that Zarqawi was cornered like Hitler in his bunker (he must have just seen the movie). Even hardened observers like me were thinking the scriptwriters had decided to kill off their creation. Perhaps he?d evaded his pursuers so often they were looking incompetent. Perhaps they were risking making him into a kind of Robin Hood.

But it wasn?t to be. How could they replace an asset as useful as Zarqawi? Even as Rummy was speaking the black ops scriptwriters were moving their prize asset out of harm?s way.

Iran. Yes, that?s it. Let?s get him to Iran. That?s more evidence of Iranian perfidy. Another reason why we should bomb the crap out of them.

Don't buy the novel folks, wait for the musical.


Nick Possum's resources for the fight against the occupation of Iraq
English language placards for international use.
Download placards and Iraq Resistance leaflet >>>

Is al-Zarqawi a false flag operative?
1 July 2004
If Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist leader credited with the beheading deaths of Nick Berg and Kim Sun-Il, did not exist it would be necessary for the United States to invent him. That may well be what the CIA has done. READ THE FULL ARTICLE >>>

New evidence and observations on the Berg case
18 July 2004
A close comparison of frames from the Berg video and pictures from Abu Ghraib prison reveals more evidence that the execution video was recorded in the notorious prison complex. Warning: this article contains disturbing images. READ THE FULL ARTICLE >>>

I think the reason the psyops-gang still uses Zarqawi 31.May.2005 10:13

far too much

is because the local TV-personalities have finally gotten to where they can easily
pronounce his name, and to try and change the boogeyman-of-the-moment will turn in
to a psycho-oops and our government's "rogue elements" darn well know it...so we
are stuck with Zarqawi for now...whether he or "it" is real or not! Such is life
under these funny and so outdated Cold War warriors who are running this psyops...
poor old guys ought to be retired and on shuffleboard courts by now...not out in
the real world playing INTEL officers still!

al-Zarqawi = Emmanuel Goldstein 31.May.2005 11:25


Zarqawi - Bush's man for all seasons
By Pepe Escobar

BOO! 31.May.2005 15:22


US military intelligence agents in Iraq have revealed a series of botched and often tawdry dealings with unreliable sources who, in the words of one source, "told us what we wanted to hear".

"We were basically paying up to $10,000 a time to opportunists, criminals and chancers who passed off fiction and supposition about Zarqawi as cast-iron fact, making him out as the linchpin of just about every attack in Iraq," the agent said.

"Back home this stuff was gratefully received and formed the basis of policy decisions. We needed a villain, someone identifiable for the public to latch on to, and we got one."

The sprawling US intelligence community is in a state of open political warfare amid conflicting pressures from election-year politics, military combat and intelligence analysis. The Bush administration has seized on Zarqawi as the principal leader of the insurgency, mastermind of the country's worst suicide bombings and the man behind the abduction of foreign hostages. He is held up as the most tangible link to Osama bin Laden and proof of the claim that the former Iraqi regime had links to al-Qa'eda.

However, fresh intelligence emerging from around Fallujah, the rebel-held city that is at the heart of the insurgency, suggests that, despite a high degree of fragmentation, the insurgency is led and dominated not by Arab foreigners but by members of Iraq's Sunni minority.


Abu Musab al-Zarqawi:
The Dead Voice of "al Qaeda" in Iraq


correction 01.Jun.2005 12:53



as far as i know Zarqawi is the head of one of the many militant groups in iraq called Al-Qaeda in iraq

one of my sources is:  http://www.jihadunspun.com/index-side_internal.php?article=102918&list=/home.php&

wat u r speaken about is one of the real conspiracy theories

if i am mistaken please point out ur sources

jihad unspun is a spook op buddy 02.Jun.2005 11:53


i'm not kidding either

bs 02.Jun.2005 13:41


that is such bs i wont even argue with any1

i used to think zarqawi was being promoted by the media 2

but u know a conspiracy theory wen all u hear about is the cia did it blah blah

i came to realise it just dont make sense because they have so much to lose if they r exposed and so i did some asking and found its just bs