Saturday, April 23, 2005

Proper gander

Kurt Nimmo;

Notice how it is now a foregone conclusion that Abu Musab Zarqawi—who was reported killed some time ago—is “al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq.” (Gertz tells us Abu is “formally” linked to al-Qaeda.) If the corporate media “reports” spurious “facts” long enough, they simply become gospel. “We were basically paying up to $10,000 a time to opportunists, criminals and chancers who passed off fiction and supposition about Zarqawi as cast-iron fact, making him out as the linchpin of just about every attack in Iraq,” a military intelligence agent told Adrian Blomfield of the UK Telegraph last year. “Back home this stuff was gratefully received and formed the basis of policy decisions. We needed a villain, someone identifiable for the public to latch on to, and we got one.”

I grew up with the constant threat of the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. on a knife-edge, teetering brinkmanship which may have turned to descending fingers on buttons.

It didn't happen, then anyway.

Now, we have the threat from swarthy characters lurking in war ravaged Iraqi cities, carrying dirty bombs in backpacks.

Scary stuff.

Invade Iran, I reckon.