What is amazing about the Zarqawi saga is how, over time, Western governments (with the able assistance of the media) have managed to keep the pot boiling regarding a man whose existence is far from actually being established as fact (although of late, he, along with Osama seems to have fallen off the front page, pointing to the limited life span of such archetypes).
The four photos above are the only distinctly different images allegedly of Zarqawi that have been published (the rest are versions of the above). Is this really Zarqawi? Does it matter who the hell it is?
They are from left to right, the earliest to the latest, the last two being reportedly taken from a recently acquired video tape of the ‘Bearded Pimpernel’.
No matter, whether he exists or not, he is, like Jack the Ripper, a handy cipher onto which the the fears of a jittery state can be fastened. Better indeed that he never is found, for his usefulness as the eternal Bogeyman that, like the one parents used to invoke to get their kids to obey, part of a substantial propaganda campaign used to put the frighteners on an uninformed population.
The Zarqawi saga takes on greater significance in the light of the information that has comes to light as a result of what looks like the attempted assassination of Guiliana Sgrena and the role of the CIA in the various and sundry ‘terrorist cells’ that come and go, apparently with the same ease that Zarqawi somehow manages to travel around the world without detection (this, I might add in spite of all the bullshit security systems that have made billions for a few companies but to which ‘Zarqawi’ is apparently immune).
Of course the bottom line is that the ‘war on terror’ is the biggest boondoggle of ’em all of which ‘Zarqawi’ is merely a convenient subset, to be hauled out at convenient times when things look decidedly dodgy for the imperium and its Machiavellian manoeuvrings.
“Terrorist related activity”
It is within this context that the government’s latest attempt to create a climate of endless fear of the unknown has to be viewed.
The ‘battle’ (such as it is) over the latest attempt to enslave the British population with its ‘preventive’ detention package purportedly aimed at only a ‘handful’ of would-be Zarqawis needs to be seen in the light of the overall crisis of the failure of the Iraq/Afghanistan ‘adventures’ in re-inventing the Empire. In order to justify the on-going slaughter of the innocents, it is absolutely necessary to keep the temperature at boiling point.
Central to the ‘war on terror’ are the media, for without their active collaboration there could be no such animal. The debate (again, such as it is) surrounding the latest attempt to make every last one of us potential supporters of ‘terror’ with the catch all “terrorist related activity”, a phrase that has no real meaning as it is nowhere defined, is at the heart of the issue, especially when you put it together with the word ‘preventive’.
So what is “terrorist related activity” and why is it such an important phrase. Perhaps a perusal of how the media deals with the phrase (when it cares to) is worth looking at.
Using the phrase "terrorist related activity" returned only one story on the BBC’s Web site, (without the quotes, over 14,000 stories but these include all the stories with one or more of the three words) and on doing a subsequent search of the story, the phrase did NOT appear.
No matter, onward and upward. Using the phrase “preventive detention” was slightly more fruitful yielding the following