False dawn?

TechCentralStation
by Lee Harris

06/09/06

It would be a relief to think that by killing a single man we could end the reign of terror in Iraq, or, for that matter, in the world. We would love to believe that by finally getting our hands on Osama bin Laden that we could end the nightmare that began on 9/11. Yet behind this thinking lurks a fantasy -- the same fantasy, it should be noted, that preoccupies the minds of dedicated conspiracy nuts -- the fantasy that somewhere someone is in control of everything...

//www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=060906A



Zarqawi: The man and the myth

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

06/09/06

In life, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi cast a giant shadow not only over Iraq, but across the entire Middle East -- thanks, in large part, to the U.S. government's propaganda apparatus, which kept up a constant barrage dedicated to identifying the Iraqi insurgency with the leader of the 'Monotheism and Holy War' grouplet, often referred to as 'al-Qaeda in Iraq.' In death, however, quite a different story emerges. As Ned Parker, London Times reporter in Baghdad, put it, Zarqawi was 'a figurehead, an icon, a totemic figure' who 'was absolutely hated by most normal Iraqis on both sides of the sectarian divide.' Aside from being a foreigner -- his name literally means 'the man from Zarqa,' a Jordanian town half an hour's drive from Amman -- his mad car-bombing crusade alienated even his fellow Sunnis in the insurgency, and it is they who may have been his ultimate undoing...

//www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=9114


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