Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Do you believe in the Bogeymen?

This image was originally posted at The Cinematic Verses

Here's another great clip from Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, once again catching members of the Bush Administration in their lies. These lies are supporting the, "When the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down" withdrawal plan.

Another lie that may be unraveling in Mesopotamia is whether or not Zarqawi really exists, or whether he is a Goldstein-style bogeyman set up to cover Coalition excesses.

University of Baghdad Political Science Professor Jinan Ali says there is more to the Zarqawi threat than appears on the surface.

"The so-called war against Shiites began after Moqtada Al-Sadr announced his opposition to drafting the constitution," says Ali. ""Most of the Shiites targeted are Moqtada's followers intended to force them to cast a "Yes" vote in the coming referendum".

Many Iraqis are now wondering whether Zarqawi is a real figure or not.

"Zarqawi is a good pretext for striking any Iraqi city or town," Professor Ali explains.

"If Zarqawi is defending the Sunnis and his followers are operating in the Sunni areas, why were Najaf and Sadr city (mostly Shiite areas) targeted by the Americans and Iraqi forces several times before?"

Many Iraqis believe the Americans and the government are behind the Zarqawi communiqué of targeting Shiites.

"Do you think that Zarqawi, if he is real, is ready to gain more enemies by such a communiqué?" asks Al-Ubaidi.

"The government and Americans are ready to do everything to get the so-called constitution approved. They are trying to exclude Sunnis from the political process in Iraq; they are forcing the Iraqi resistance toward more severe fights."

Last week John Pilger took a deeper look at the two British soldiers that were arrested by Iraqis in Basra, in Sinister events in a cynical war. This led to a Hollywood style prison break as British forces smashed down the walls to rescue thetheir two lost sheep. The question is, why were they arrested in the first place?

Sheikh Hassan al-Zarqani, said the SAS men, disguised as al-Sadr's followers, were planning an attack on Basra ahead of an important religious festival. "When the police tried to stop them," he said, "[they] opened fire on the police and passers-by. After a car chase, they were arrested. What our police found in the car was very disturbing - weapons, explosives and a remote control detonator. These are the weapons of terrorists."

Indeed. What woulcoalitionon soldiers be doing wandering around Iraq with the weapons of terrorists? You'd think there were already enough foreign terrorists there already.

Pilger's article also raises the possibility that Al-Zarqawi is a bogeyman; a specter who, like Bin Laden, and Orwell's Goldenstein is just a convenient annecessaryry, albeit fictional scapegoat.
The Osama-like promotion of al-Zarqawi is integral to this. Like the Scarlet Pimpernel, he is everywhere but nowhere. When the Americans crushed the city of Fallujah last year, the justification for their atrocioubehaviorur was "getting those guys loyal to al-Zarqawi". But the city's civil and religious authorities denied he was ever there or had anything to do with the resistance.

This image was originally posted at The Cinematic Verses

If we can't believe in the president and his men who can we believe in? If the existence of Zarqawi is called into question, who else might be fictional?

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