[lit-ideas] Re: Autopsy?!?!
- From: "Andreas Ramos" <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 15:18:29 -0700
The more we learn about this incident, the less there is.
Along with an 8-year old girl and two women, US military also killed five men in a nearby
village. The US also has to prove they didn't stomp Zarqawi to death after he survived the
attack, which would be a violation of the Geneva Convention.
And now, the press writes Zarqawi wasn't significant at all.
Here's the (UK) Indepedent:
"In the days before he was tracked down and killed by US laser-guided bombs, Iraq's most
wanted man was living with almost no guards and only five companions, two of whom were women
and one an eight-year-old girl, it emerged yesterday.
"The ease with which Iraqi police and US special forces were able to reach the house after
the bombing without encountering hostile fire showed that Zarqawi was never the powerful
guerrilla chieftain and leader of the Iraqi resistance that Washington has claimed for more
than three years.
"There are already signs that in propaganda terms, the US military - as well as the media -
is missing Zarqawi as a single demonic figure who could be presented as the leader of the
resistance. The myth of Zarqawi was attractive to Washington because it showed that
anti-occupation resistance was foreign-inspired and linked to al-Qa'ida.
"In reality the insurgency was almost entirely home grown, reliant on near-total support
from the five million-strong Sunni community. Its military effectiveness was far more
dependent on former officers of the Iraqi army and security forces than on al-Qa'ida. They
may also have helped to boost Zarqawi's fame, because it was convenient for them to blame
their worst atrocities on him.
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