Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Proof of Life: The Bogie Man's Resurrection

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Dead Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Makes a Video Debut

Kurt Nimmo

Another Day in the Empire
Tuesday April 25th 2006, 6:01 pm

In order to keep the contrived “war on terror” alive, and pump up its central figure, the dead Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as a perpetually looming threat, “a rare video” has surfaced, posted on the internet. “The video, released just days after Iraq named a new prime minister and a high-profile audiotape from bin Laden appeared on Arab TV, seemed a deliberate attempt by al-Zarqawi to claim the spotlight again following months of taking a lower profile,” reports NBC News. “It also came just one day after a triple bombing at a resort in Egypt that killed at least 24 people, including 21 Egyptians and three foreigners,” an attack not yet connected to “al-Qaeda,” not that it needs to be—as a matter of course, virtually all terrorism in the Middle East is blamed on al-CIA-duh. “Egyptian authorities have not yet said who they think was behind the attacks, but other security experts have said that previous Sinai bombings have borne some marks of al-Qaida or groups affiliated with it,” the neocon owned and operated Jerusalem Post explains.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s unexpected appearance is rather suspiciously timed. Earlier this month, the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington Times, ran an article claiming the Pentagon “is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program…. documents state that the U.S. campaign aims to turn Iraqis against Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, by playing on their perceived dislike of foreigners. U.S. authorities claim some success with that effort, noting that some tribal Iraqi insurgents have attacked Zarqawi loyalists.” Such an effort is required because most Iraqis believe al-Zarqawi is a Pentagon contrivance, although the Post does not allude to this fact. “For the past two years, U.S. military leaders have been using Iraqi media and other outlets in Baghdad to publicize Zarqawi’s role in the insurgency. The documents explicitly list the ‘U.S. Home Audience’ as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign.”

Now we are expected to believe al-Zarqawi has obliged the Pentagon by appearing in a video—even though, over the last few years, the mercurial terrorist has assiduously avoided being photographed (except as the hooded executioner of the supposedly hapless Nick Berg—if we are to believe the fairy tale of al-Zarqawi’s supposed exploits). According to NBC, al-Zarqawi decided to be videotaped in order “to display unity among the jihadis in Iraq,” as the fantasy generated by the Pentagon and the White House stipulates that al-Zarqawi runs the resistance (only foreign “jihadis” and Saddam “dead-enders” are involved in the effort to force the United States out of Iraq—everybody else is ready with rose petals, ever thankful for bombed hospitals, destroyed electrical infrastructure, polluted water, and relatives shot up at checkpoints manned by trigger-happy yahoos who thought they joined the military to get an education, differnet than the education they are now getting).

NBC also points out “Zarqawi appears in front of the Mujahedin Shura Council logo” in the video. The Mujahedin Shura Council is portrayed as an “umbrella” group of several resistance organizations in Iraq. “The Mujahideen Shura Council is composed of eight insurgency groups in Iraq: al-Qaeda in Iraq, Victorious Army Group, the Army of al-Sunnah Wal Jama’a, Jama’a al-Murabiteen, Ansar al-Tawhid Brigades, Islamic Jihad Brigades, the Strangers Brigades, and the Horrors Brigades, collaborating to meet the ‘unbelievers gathering with different sides’ and defend Islam.,” writes the SITE Institute.

On April 4, the Telegraph speculated “Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the most feared commander in the Iraqi insurgency, may have been forced to surrender his leadership by rival groups, angered by his tactics and the interference of foreign fighters in the Iraqi conflict…. [al-Zarqawi’s] tactics have alienated many Iraqis, even those sympathetic to the insurgency. Azzam, whose father is known as the ‘prince of the Mujaheedin’, said that he was accused of ‘creating an independent group’ in Iraq, ‘making political mistakes’ and hijacking the Iraqi insurgency for his own cause.” Indeed, the dead al-Zarqawi’s “independent group” hijacked the resistance— not for al-Zarqawi’s “cause,” mind you, but rather the Pentagon sponsored “cause” of portraying the entirely legitimate Iraqi resistance as blood-thirsty thugs and promoting and effectuating “civil war” engineered to result in the balkanization of Iraq. It appears the Pentagon is attempting to hitch al-Zarqawi’s wagon up to the Mujahedin Shura Council, even though he (or the black op in his name) was rejected as a sadistic self-seeker by the Council, or so we are told.

“It was not possible to confirm authenticity, but it was posted on a Web site that al-Zarqawi’s group and others have used to post Internet messages,” NBC continues, adding more dimension to the absurd al-Zarqawi fable. “Al-Zarqawi previously has made statements only through audiotapes posted on the Web, although photos of him obtained by the U.S. government have been widely circulated,” never mind that these photos—numbering less than a dozen—are four or more years old and since they were taken virtually no reliable sources have witnessed the one-leg wonder who has escaped apprehension on several occasions.

In essence, the “release” of this purported video (no doubt straight from a Pentagon video editing deck) is a transparent effort to rekindle the al-Zarqawi myth and connect it to the Iraqi resistance at large. Now, with fresh imagery in mind, millions of gullible Americans will declare al-Zarqawi and his boss, the long deceased Osama bin Laden, alive, well, and on the loose—as Orwell’s Emmanuel Goldstein of the “Brotherhood” was on the run—thus necessitating a “long war” at the behest of the Straussian neocons, their heirs, and the heirs of their heirs, ad infinitum.

Of course, it will be impossible to “confirm” the “authenticity” of the al-Zarqawi video—that is to say not without a video graphics sequence supervisor, a few animators and technical directors on the Pentagon payroll coming forward and spilling the beans.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Gorilla Radio for Monday, April 24th, 2006

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - This week on GR: Journalist and author, Dave Lindorff and Mumia Abu Jamail, still living beneath the shadow of American Justice's noose.

Canadian freelance journalist and creator of the news web site, 'From Occupied Palestine.org,' Jon Elmer and the rumoured "re-occupation" of the Gaza Strip.

And; Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria this week.

Chris Cook
hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca He also serves as a contributing editor at the progressive web news site: http://www.pej.org.

You can check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com

Gorilla Radio for Monday,
April 24th, 2006

C. L. Cook

PEJ News
April 23, 2006

Twilight; though seemingly impossibly a long six years ago, the twilight of the Bush reign now nears. Whether through impeachment, or a lame-duck idling away of this administration’s power, the end is nigh.

But, George W. Bush’s political death throes mean little to those thousands inhabiting America’s death rows. Yesterday was Mumia Abu Jamail’s birthday; to the man who has spent nearly three decades on death row, spuriously convicted of the murder of a policeman, a change of government means little.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, and founding member of the National Writer’s Union. His books include: ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ and the newly released, ‘This Can’t be Happening!: Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy.’

Dave Lindorff and the dark heart of American justice in the first half.

And; will they stay out, or will they go back in?

Just months after their much media ballyhoo-ed departure from the Gaza Strip, Israel’s new Prime Minister now says a re-occupation of the Strip is a distinct possibility. For Palestinians in Gaza however, the occupation didn’t end when the settlers re-settled in the West Bank.

Jon Elmer is a Halifax-based, freelance journalist, and publisher of the web news site, From Occupied Palestine.org. He’s lived, and reported from, Occupied Palestine, and will join Gorilla Radio again today.

In the second half, Jon Elmer and a Palestinian re-occupation?

And; Janine Bandcroft will be here to bring us up to speed with all that’s good to do in and around Victoria this week.

But first, Dave Lindorff and an American twilight’s last gleaming.

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