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 al-Zarqawi.
That doesnt mean that he doesnt 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. Its odd how Al-Zarqawi appears at the precise coordinates of Americas 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 leg.
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 Pentagons 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-Sheikhs 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 Shiites 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 Shiites, suggests that the Pentagons 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 antagonism.
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 Baghdads 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 .Hes 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 hasnt deterred the Pentagon from continuing with the charade. This is understandable given that al-Zarqawi is the last tattered justification for the initial invasion. Its 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 Ladens 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 Pentagons 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 civilians.
Regrettably, that is prospect that cant 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 EXPLOSIVES.
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.
[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-Shaykh, 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 TV)
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?
Well have to see if this damning story can be corroborated by other sources.)