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June 10, 2006
More Zarqawi Moonbattery
Posted by Dave Blount at June 10, 2006 8:55 PM
You probably thought that the coalition forces that killed arch terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi were the good guys, didn't you? It's a good thing we have the MSM to correct such misperceptions.
An AP report suggests that even after dropping two 500-lb bombs on the poor guy, American troops beat him up:
An Iraqi man who was one of the first people on the scene after an airstrike that led to the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi told Associated Press Television News that he saw American troops beating a man who had a beard like the al-Qaida leader. The witness said he saw the man lying on the ground, badly wounded but still alive. He said U.S. troops arriving on the scene wrapped the man's head in an Arab robe and began beating him.
The same report notes that the bombs that put an end to al-Zarqawi's terror campaign "cut a wide swath of destruction" and that women were killed in the attack. It doesn't get around to mentioning why anyone would want to kill a fellow like al-Zarqawi in the first place, although a few good reasons can be found elsewhere:
These include the horrific truck bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad that killed 23 people, including the U.N.'s top envoy, Sergio Vieira; the March 2004 bombings of Shiite Muslim shrines in Karbala and Baghdad that killed 181 people; the kidnapping and beheading of Nicholas Berg; a car bomb attack on a vehicle convoy in Baghdad that killed 13 people, including three General Electric employees; the kidnapping and beheading of South Korean hostage Kim Sun-il; the kidnapping and beheading of two Bulgarian truck drivers; the kidnapping and beheading of a Turkish truck driver; and the September 2004 bombings in Baghdad that killed 35 children and seven adults as U.S. troops handed out candy during the opening of a new sewage treatment plant.
If those reasons won't do, 1960s retread and ex-Hanoi Jane hubby Tom Hayden has a more creative one — if you can make sense of it:
I have interviewed numerous Iraqis aligned with the armed nationalist resistance fighting the US occupation, and none had a good word for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Some even speculated that he was a fictionalized character "used when someone needs to do a bad thing and blame someone else." Others believed him to be serving British and American interests. ... One wonders who really turned him in. ... I have no reason to believe Zarqawi was an agent, only a misguided Islamic revolutionary. But I still wonder what those British soldiers disguised as Iraqis were planning on the day they were discovered in Basra in September 2004. I wonder if US Special Forces ever dress up as Iraqis and paint their faces. ... It is enough to argue for now that Zarqawi served the purpose of dividing and fragmenting the Iraqi national resistance into bloody sectarian strife. The tensions were built into the power shift from Sunni to Shi'a, and only needed sectarian leadership to unleash the death squads and ethnic cleansing. In doing so, they gave the US a new rationale for intervention, one appealing to guilty liberals and moderates, the need for an occupier to keep the fanatics from killing each other. Permanently. But in doing so, Zarqawi was engulfing Iraqs in a boiling cauldron that promised no end to the killing and no exit for the US. There were many interests who wanted him dead.
Hayden's tinfoil hat is two sizes too small, squeezing his thoughts until they merge into each other and squirt out of his mouth in a psychotic goulash of fragmented delusions, but I think he's trying to find yet another way to say, "The Americans are the bad guys."
Hat tips: Wiggins, NewsBusters