Death to ‘al-Zarqawi’! Long may he live! By William Bowles

16 June 2006

Since the ‘death’ of ‘al-Zarqawi’ reams have been written from both a ‘left’ and right perspective on the significance of his death or even, as I along with other writers have asserted, whether the damn fellow existed in the first place, at least as he has been portrayed.

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al-somebody or other By William Bowles

11 June 2006

Well folks, the ‘new’ leader of ‘al-Qu’eda in Iraq’ has been named (already). Can’t remember it offhand, not that it matters, it’s al-somebody or other. I’ve posted a page of newslinks on his ‘death’ if you can be bothered to read through the endless drivel that’s been generated. (See also the ‘Zarqawi‘ section for more on the fabled foe of Western ‘civilisation’.)

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Pulling corpses out of the hat By William Bowles

9 June 2006

“The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date.” — Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. military’s chief spokesman

There can be no doubt that the ‘death’ of ‘Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’ is part of a carefully planned disinformation campaign designed to divert attention away from the slaughter of Haditha (and elsewhere), a campaign that the corporate and state media have gleefully participated in. Indeed, ‘al-Zarqawi’ is itself a psy-ops programme in its own right, replete with faked letters of authenticity, fed to the press by the US military, which calls into question the source of the Internet videos of beheadings, and who is behind the wave of kidnappings and murders currently sweeping Iraq.

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Whatever happened to what’s-his-name? By William Bowles

3 February 2006

‘Scourge of Western civilisation’, ‘leader of the insurgency’, ‘al-Queda in Iraq’, ‘Usama’s right-hand man’, the Scarlet Pimpernel of ‘Islamic fundamentalism’, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. For the past couple of years we have been bombarded with stories of the mythical man’s dastardly deeds, then all of a sudden—he disappeared from the headlines.

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Big, Bad Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: The creation of a myth By William Bowles

3 June 2005

Update on Zarqawi 3/6/05

A piece in the Washington Post dated June 1 2005, is pretty typical in that it contains 800 words of, well nothing except total speculation. The article bylined Katherine Shrader contains not one single fact about Zarqawi, it’s a total waste of space and illustrates the desperate nature of managing a propaganda campaign that depends totally on fiction, that once initiated has to be be kept going at all costs. Continue reading

The BBC: premier propagandist for the imperium By William Bowles

10 February 2005

Zarqawi 1Washington, DC, Feb. 8 (UPI) — If the serial decapitator Abu Musab al-Zarqawi did not exist, then the Bush administration, the Atlantic Alliance and the rest of the civilized world might have to invent him.
‘Walker’s World: Why Rice should thank Zarqawi’ By Martin Walker
UPI Editor.

I have written about the mythological Abu Musab al-Zarqawi several times before as have other writers. The question we need to ask is why does the state and hence its servant, the corporate media have need of such a ‘person’? Walker’s article opened with the quote above, a very revealing statement but one that I made here some time last year but for very different reasons. Continue reading

Fallujah: Unpacking the press destroying the myths By William Bowles

12 November 2004

Western press coverage of the horror that is Fallujah has with the odd exception been nothing short of outrageous in its distortions and blatant propagandising. Even where it purports to be critical of the US in its destruction of Fallujah and its inhabitants, the sub-text continues to push the Western line of ‘foreign militants’, ‘mistakes’ and in the case of the following story, as some kind of retribution for the deaths of four US mercenaries and the beheadings by the mythical Abu al-Zarqawi.

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al-Zarqawi or al-Invention? By William Bowles

6 July 2004

Today’s Independent (06/7/04) has a front page story titled “A video nasty: Terror chief shows off his deadly work” and is about yet another “foreign-led” group of “militants” purportedly headed by the one-legged Jordanian and ‘right-hand man’ of Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Yet the story presents not a single shred of evidence to support the title nor if the mono-pedal perpetrator even exists, aside that is from ‘received opinion’, largely that of US intelligence sources and we know just how reliable they are.

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