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Buzzflash: Why Not Just Put Zarqawi’s Head on a Pike?

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Posted on Jun 12, 2006
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Abu Musab al Zarqawi

The editors at Buzzflash argue that in displaying the picture of Zarqawi’s dead, bloated face the way it did,  the Bush administration is once again displaying the same kind of sophomoric bravado (“Bring ‘em on”) that it used to its great detriment in the past.

  • Read Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen’s account of the life, death and intellectual underpinnings of Zarqawi.

  • Also: Buzzflash just won two Project Uncensored awards for contributor columns about U.S. civilian detention camps and “net neutrality.”

  • Buzzflash:

    ... But we do know that the barbaric golden framed photos of al-Zarqawi’s bloated, blood-splotched face—displayed almost instantly at Pentagon news briefings—was akin to Bush’s “Bring ‘em on” statement that put our troops at such great risk. Indeed, Bush’s sophomoric bravado a couple of years back resulted in egging on the insurgents and more deaths for our military men and women. And this latest “displaying the enemy’s ear” PR initiative is going to backfire in the same way.

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    By native child, June 13, 2006 at 4:50 pm Link to this comment
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    The bring’em on analogy is appropriate but, to be more precise,  the US military itself has used the head on a Pike display many times in the past, most notoriiously in the mid-nineteenth century against own own inidigenous people.  There are pictures from that period (the most notorious were from Denver, Colorado) which confirm this.  Then, moving to the Philippines at the end of that same century,  there were more beheadings (with pictures of such also readily available today) of natives whose only “crime”, again,  was that of resisting the invading armed forces of the USA..  Of course our president will insist that America would never resort to such a cruel and inhumane practice as beheading, but our past speaks for itself.  As for the present?  When it’s a matter of beating down the natives, our method of choice for collective punishment is shooting innocent women and children, as in Haditha.  .

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    By April, June 12, 2006 at 7:04 pm Link to this comment
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    I didn’t think of “Bring it on” so much, but more ironic it is that our government tries to prevent photos of the coffins of our dead soldiers being published, let photos of actual bodies.  It’s a double standard.

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