as bush's teacher said:
propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand. the myth of zarqawi
on april 30th, we are told
American officials said that Mr. Zarqawi's 34-minute video, which was broadcast on Tuesday on a Web site used by jihadist groups, was the most surprising of the three statements. In the video, Mr. Zarqawi claimed responsibility for the hotel bombings last November in Amman, Jordan, that killed at least 57 people. Intelligence officials have said that such claims of responsibility are an effective fund-raising tool.
Yesterday, we were told
During an early morning raid on a suspected safe house in the town just south of Baghdad on April 16, soldiers killed five occupants and captured five more in a fierce gunfight. The officials said they were later told by Iraqis captured in the raid that Mr. Zarqawi was only blocks away at the time.
The video outtakes and the plans to drive out Shiites, among other documents, were found in the house, General Lynch said, confirming an account first reported in Army Times.
and today, we have this
The US military said the two sets of images were part of the same video. It said the unflattering clips came from a longer video seized by US troops in a raid last month.
So, we are still left wondering over the coincidence of the US accidently stumbling on either a second tape of the entire thing and the alleged 'islamic jihadi' website edited the 'blooper' out before posting; or, the 'islamic jihadi' version was edited by zarqawi and they received the tape as it was shown on this alleged site; or, the shorter 'i-j' tape... i don't know...
on 10.11.05, i pointed to a new24.com
article that questioned whether zarqawi exists:
"Zarqawi is ... a myth that America has created to put a face to the terrorism it wants to stoke in this country to justify its continued presence" Sheik Amer al-Husseini, a top aide to radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, told The Associated Press in a recent interview.
"If there was no more terrorism in Iraq, there would be no reason for the United States to remain ... making it harder for them to ... force this constitution on Iraqis," said al-Husseini.
Also, on 3.18.06, i linked to an essay
Datelined Washington - an odd city in which to learn about Iraq, you might think - its opening paragraph reads: 'Despite the recent arrest of one of his would-be suicide bombers in Jordan and some top aides in Iraq, insurgency mastermind Abu Musab Zarqawi has eluded capture, US authorities say, because his network has a much better intelligence-gathering operation than they do.'
Now quite apart from the fact that many Iraqis - along, I have to admit, with myself - have grave doubts about whether Zarqawi exists, and that al-Qai'da's Zarqawi, if he does exist, does not merit the title of 'insurgency mastermind', the words that caught my eye were 'US authorities say'. And as I read through the report, I note how the Los Angeles Times sources this extraordinary tale. I thought American reporters no longer trusted the US administration, not after the mythical weapons of mass destruction and the equally mythical connections between Saddam and the international crimes against humanity of 11 September 2001. Of course, I was wrong."
on 4.18.06, war-criminal rumsfeld
For one thing, Rumsfeld said it was important to 'recognize that the terrorists, Zarqawi and bin Laden and Zawahiri, those people have media committees. They are actively out there trying to manipulate the press in the United States. They are very good at it. They're much better at (laughing) managing those kinds of things than we are.'"