Friday, June 09, 2006

More on al-Zarqawi 

The 'short violent life of Abu Musa al-Zarqawi' is covered in a long article in the Atlantic Monthly. Required reading I think for anyone who wants to counter the enrgetic myth-making of this killing being a 'blow to al-Qaeda'. On the contrary the removal of the chief formentor of a civil war between Shi'ite and Sunni Iraqis may well benefit real al-Qaeda objectives.

Don't let Blair get away with his chorusing of the Bush disinformation mantra.

This for example is what happened when al-Zarqawi met Osama bin-Laden in December 1999.

(Al-Zarqari) and bin Laden met at the Government Guest House in the southern city of Kandahar, the de facto capital of the ruling Taliban. As they sat facing each other across the receiving room, a former Israeli intelligence official told (the author) , “it was loathing at first sight.”
According to several different accounts of the meeting, bin Laden distrusted and disliked al-Zarqawi immediately. .... Bin Laden ... disliked al-Zarqawi’s swagger and the green tattoos on his left hand, which he reportedly considered un-Islamic. Al-Zarqawi came across to bin Laden as aggressively ambitious, abrasive, and overbearing. His hatred of Shiites also seemed to bin Laden to be potentially divisive—which, of course, it was. (Bin Laden’s mother, to whom he remains close, is a Shiite, from the Alawites of Syria.)
Al-Zarqawi would not recant, even in the presence of the legendary head of al-Qaeda. “Shiites should be executed,” he reportedly declared.

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