Friday, June 09, 2006

Nemo's World: Death of a Bogeyman?

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US Strike Hits Insurgent at Safehouse

Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in an American air strike on an isolated safe house north of Baghdad at 6.15 p.m. local time on Wednesday, top United States and Iraqi officials said today.

At a joint news conference with Iraq's prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, the top American military commander in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., said Zarqawi's body had been positively identified by fingerprints, "facial recognition" and "known scars." He said seven of Zarqawi's associates had also been killed in the strike. ...

[Calling in an AIR STRIKE on an "isolated house"?? Gee, how "courageous".]
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Some would say that Iraq's "bogeyman" has finally (allegedly) been killed

But I would say -- and this bereaved father would likely agree -- that it was only Zarqawi they got (if the allegations are even true). The actual bogeymen are still very much alive and well -- prospering handsomely from their vile, deceitful machinations -- in Washington, DC.

But I'll let Mike Berg tell you about it in his own words:

Father of Beheaded Man Blames Bush, Not Zarqawi

Michael Berg, whose son Nick was beheaded in Iraq in 2004, said on Thursday he felt no sense of relief at the killing of the al Qaeda leader in Iraq and blamed President Bush for his son's death.

Asked what would give him satisfaction, Berg, an anti-war activist and candidate for U.S. Congress, said, "The end of the war and getting rid of George Bush."

The United States said its aircraft killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the insurgent leader who masterminded the death of hundreds in suicide bombings and was blamed for the videotaped beheading of Nick Berg, a U.S. contractor, and other captives.

"I don't think that Zarqawi is himself responsible for the killings of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq," Berg said in a combative television interview with the U.S. Fox News network. "I think George Bush is.

"George Bush is the one that invaded this country, George Bush is the one that destabilized it so that Zarqawi could get in, so that Zarqawi had a need to get in, to defend his region of the country from American invaders."

Berg said Bush was to blame for the torture of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.

"Yeah, like George Bush didn't OK the torture and death and rape of people in the Abu Ghraib prison for which my son was killed in retaliation?" he told his Fox interviewers.

In a telephone interview with Reuters from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the father said: "I have no sense of relief, just sadness that another human being had to die." ...
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~ Nemo

[Note: I had originally composed this yesterday afternoon. But at the time, Blogger seemed to have evolved a mind of its own regarding "authority" -- some flakey objection having to do with Cookies and Javascript that had never been raised before and was in fact utterly inaccurate.]

5 Comments:

Blogger Again said...

"George Bush is the one that invaded this country, George Bush is the one that destabilized it so that Zarqawi could get in, so that Zarqawi had a need to get in, to defend his region of the country from American invaders."

couldn't be better said (except maybe, that i would be more cynical regarding Zarqawis intentions...)

Fri Jun 09, 07:28:00 AM  
Anonymous ML said...

The Legend Continues...

Zarqawi was alive after bombing: US general

I hear he can rise from the dead after 3 days, too, then leap tall buildings in a single bound...

Fri Jun 09, 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

I hear he can rise from the dead after 3 days, too, then leap tall buildings in a single bound... ==== ML: Well you know ... According to the US military (which *has* admitted to just a touch of "embellishment" in its numerous reports of Zarqawi's "astounding feats"), he seems entirely capaple of Omnipresence, and maybe even Omniscience!. So, walking on water or outright resurrection?? Likely NOT a problem! ;-) ==== And thanks for that "heads up" (the link). I wonder who the poor bastards were those Dumbasses *actually* fragged THIS time around! ==== Again: I love Mike Berg's responses. There's nothing more devastatingly embarrassing to a pathetic, wannabe "glorious war president" than aggrieved parents like him (and Cindy Shehan) who insist on casting the blame APPROPRIATELY on the *true* source of their woes. (Talk about "comeuppance"!) :-)

Fri Jun 09, 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

From ML's Reuters link: "... Iraqi police had arrived on the scene of Wednesday's bomb attack first and put Zarqawi on a stretcher, Caldwell said. The U.S. forces arrived later and identified Zarqawi, who died shortly after. ..." ==== Now, I have to say that THIS is amazingly curious. I mean, you supposedly have a situation here where the US military claims "solid intelligence" that Zarqawi was present in the house, yet the FIRST people on the scene after the air strike were Iraqi POLICE (not Iraqi military, but plain old police!!), and US forces reportedly only arrived later. What kind of "solid intelligence" is there that does NOT require US military personnel to be present in the vicinity to confirm the target, especially when an outright AIR STRIKE is to be called in on a *civilian* dwelling?? Smells VERY fishy to me!!

Fri Jun 09, 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

It's sad that the only Americans willing to stand up and tell the unvarnished truth are those that have lost the greatest part of themselves.

Michael Berg is a hero. I wish him well in his campaign.

Fri Jun 09, 02:47:00 PM  

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