Skip to comments.The Short, Violent Life of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Posted on 06/09/2006 8:28:59 PM PDT by tbird5
On a cold and blustery evening in December 1989, Huthaifa Azzam, the teenage son of the legendary Jordanian-Palestinian mujahideen leader Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, went to the airport in Peshawar, Pakistan, to welcome a group of young men. All were new recruits, largely from Jordan, and they had come to fight in a fratricidal civil war in neighboring Afghanistanan outgrowth of the CIA-financed jihad of the 1980s against the Soviet occupation there.
The men were scruffy, Huthaifa mused as he greeted them, and seemed hardly in battle-ready form. Some had just been released from prison; others were professors and sheikhs. None of them would prove worth rememberingexcept for a relatively short, squat man named Ahmad Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalaylah.
He would later rename himself Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Once one of the most wanted men in the world, for whose arrest the United States offered a $25 million reward, al-Zarqawi was a notoriously enigmatic figurea man who was everywhere yet nowhere. I went to Jordan earlier this year, three months before he was killed by a U.S. airstrike in early June, to find out who he really was, and to try to understand the role he was playing in the anti-American insurgency in Iraq. I also hoped to get a sense of how his generationthe foreign fighters now waging jihad in Iraqcompare with the foreign fighters who twenty years ago waged jihad in Afghanistan.
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Zarq was born in October of 1966. If life begins at 40, he'll never know it. Good riddance.
The soldiers brought Zarqawi to the division surgeon. As he lay on the table, the doc pulled out his stethoscope and listened to Zarq's chest.
After a moment or two, the doc shook his head and said, "Zarq has passed away."
"Are you sure?" said the soldiers? We need him for interrogation!
"Yes, I am sure. He's dead," he replied.
"How can you be so sure," one said! "I mean, you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."
The doc rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room, and returned a few moments later with a black Labrador Retriever.
As the soldiers looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed Zarq from top to bottom. He then looked at the doc and shook his head.
The doc patted the dog and took it out, and returned a few moments later with a cat.
The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed delicately at Zarq from head to foot. The cat sat back on it's haunches, shook its head, and strolled out of the room.
The vet looked at the soldiers and said, as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead Zarqawi."
Then the doc then told the soldiers that this would cost them a case of Jack Daniels for wasting his time.
The soldiers, said, "A frigging case of Jack Daniels, just for you to tell us this mofo is dead?"
"The doc shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you'd taken my word for it, a fifth of JD would have been sufficient, but because of the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now a whole case!
His life wasn't nearly short enough.
My cousin, a psychologist, believes he took sexual gratification in sadistic beheadings and all that. In any event, what a perverted 'religion' conjures up -- much less adulates -- such reptilian behavior?
For me, and I think a lot of others, the best thing about his life is that he didn't die immediately after the bombs hit, but had a few moments of consciousness to realize that he was in the hands of the US military and to experience the terror that must have brought.....
I think they prescribe viagra for reptile dysfunction.
That would be an outstanding movie if someone like Mel Gibson did it!!!!
I was wondering, does anyone know exactly what munition they dropped on him?
I was thinking that maybe they used the concrete bombs, pretty accurate but doesn't wake the neighbors.
I'd love to know how long Zarq lived from the time the bomb struck until he breathed his miserable last. I hope his suffering felt like an eternity.
So if his body was retrieved, they can now give him his well-deserved pigskin funeral, face down, feet facing Mecca, right?
The author's propaganda objectives are certainly clear enough...
> I'd love to know how long Zarq lived from the time the
> bomb struck until he breathed his miserable last.
> I hope his suffering felt like an eternity.
Probably about as long as many Israeli bus bombing victims.
They can look fine externally, and perhaps even walk, but
they are dead people walking. Even with immediate surgical
care, they are doomed. Z-man got a full dose of what his
Pali pals do to innocent people.
Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner. His acts of violence were counter productive to his cause. They were for his own gratification. He was a serial killer that thought he had the blessing of Allah.
Will Michael Moore make a movie about him?
I suspect his eternity will feel like an eternity.
His acts of escalating violence as a youth graduating to vicious murder later and his failure to stand out, combined with his seeking out of the most dangerous situations ("possessing no fear") are the hallmarks of a psychopath.
They don't experience fear or any highs or lows the way we do and the only way he could even come close was to murder people in a variety of savage ways.
Wasn't Zarqawi once in prison in Jordan for raping someone? Maybe he was a serial rapist/killer from way back and then he found in Jihad a "respectable" way to satisfy his sadistic urges.
To bad we can't hear the military directing this. That'd be lovely.
All were new recruits, largely from Jordan, and they had come to fight in a fratricidal civil war in neighboring Afghanistanan outgrowth of the CIA-financed jihad of the 1980s against the Soviet occupation there.
As if our permission was required for Afghans to fight back, as if our permission was required for every wannabe non-Afghan freelancers or jihadists backed by Islamic countries to join in, as if we somehow were able to handpick all the combatants. The fighting against the Soviets was going to go on with or without us.
"Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, barely forty and barely literate.."
Barely literate? Zarqawi was a doctor; I didn't read the entire article. After that sentence, I figured this was typical Lefty dissembling.
The other theme is "US sources untrustworthy, while all terrorist relatives and anonymous Jordanian sources's stories are Gospel."
Have to wonder if the author's sources are imaginary friends or if they might actually be real and on the Oil-for-Food bribery list.
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(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")
This is wrong.
Praise be unto Allah for F-16s and their drivers, and unto Northrop Grumman, and 500lb bombs.
This article reads like an homage to Charles Manson.
This article reads like an homage to Charles Manson.
The author lifted the title from an old Time magazine cover story..and just changed the words from Robert "Yummy" Sandifer to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
For the record, an expert contradicts some of this author's views about Zark at the Weekly Stadard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/307cfkcp.asp?pg=1
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He also was lying trapped in the rubble from the first bomb, probably hearing the second one coming.
interesting article. bump to finish reading later.
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