Monday, June 12, 2006


I was asked by the Opinions Editor of Gulf News, to provide a brief comment on what Bloggers have to say regarding the death of Abu Musab Al-zarqawi. Below is my reply, which incidently made the front page of today's Gulf News accompanying a breaking story questioning the circumstances of Al-zarqawi's death. Unfortunately, there's no online link to my comments on the Gulf News site, so you will have just have to take my word for it that it appeared on the front page OR buy yourself a copy of today's Gulf News. Following is my opinion piece in full, which was further edited due to space constraints (or so I assume) on the front page of GN.

Bloggers Doubt Veracity of official Version

The Blogging world is a buzz again with the recent news of the death of Abu Mussab Al-zarqawi. As is the norm in the blogging community, the official version of any prominent event has to be scrutinized for validity and truth. As a result, a lot of questions have cropped regarding the official version of Al-zarqawi's demise.

According to CNN website, “Al-Zarqawi was alive when US troops reached the mortally wounded terrorist leader after a US bombing raid. Now, although none of the bloggers are mourning the death of Al Zarqawi (at least none of the sane ones), some have highlighted interesting questions regarding the official story of the bombing raid. Two, 500-pound bombs were dropped on a concrete hideout which as a result was blown to smithereens, and all that was left in the end was brick rubble, yet Al Zarqawi, who was mortally wounded, remained in a single piece and got carried away on a stretcher before he died. How did he manage that? Could it be for the possibility of a morbid PR press photo of his dead face and celebration of a US precision bombing campaign? Logically, shouldn’t his body have been in pieces after that kind of bombing, and his skin burnt off? Could it be that Al-Zarqawi was killed elsewhere and then claimed as dead due to this bombing raid? The official version of the death of one child (in this incident) has now been revised to include three other women. Now, a new element of the story unfolds that says that women's (sexy) lingerie was also discovered in the rubble. Is this being done to embarrass the Muslims or just big-up the playboy image of Al-zarkawi?

Other bloggers have pointed out to older news reports that claimed Al-zarkawi died in 2003. There is also the question as to why this attack on Al-zarkawi hideout happened now, is it because President Bush's approval rating rests at an all time low (near his IQ level)?

Are we being conditioned to accept the official version for a future terrorist attack on American soil? God forbid something like that does happen, the first reactions will probably be, "You see, Al Qaeda took revenge for killing Al-zarkawi!" Some bloggers are forced to be this cynical because of their experience of 9-11, where they discovered more holes in the official Whitehouse version of that event than a slice of Swiss cheese.

The point is, bloggers ask questions that may be conspiratorial, overtly obvious, logical, intelligent or even downright stupid. They do this because others are not willing to.

By The Olive Ream (a blogger)


Anonymous Checkmate said...

I salute the bloggers of this world for making some sense of all this nonsense. Long Live the bloggers. Especially you Olive Ream.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Zakintosh said...

Good concise summation of how most sane people view the events. Unfortunately, their breed is on the list of Endangered Species now.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Adnan Siddiqi said...

Zarwaqi was given unnecessary importance by US media only.He was introduced as some big gun in world of terrorism though in reality he was nothing.Wait for few weeks,you will find some another celebrity being given importance by Americans.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Khurram Siddiqui said...

" it because of President Bush's popularity rating resides at an all time low?"

Yes. Media is the new God. Good write-up Omer.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Teeth Maestro said...

I agree to the fact that there are some serious concerns about the official verison. Bombing the place to hell, Zaraqawi lies prone on a stretcher waiting for the cavalry, the moment the US commandos ID him, it appears that Zaraqawi simply winked and passed away. GOSH seems like someone is either lying through thier teeth or its all just a coverup for something else.

A lethal airstrike as initally claimed by the US forces should have blown his body to smitheriens. I just have a feeling that the US might have stuck to its heroic airstirkes had it not been questioned by reporters about the exact cause of death. Now they play this story hoping to fool everyone

Sadly with all the recent events I simply CANNOT trust the USA and feel something is fishy. I also doubt that we will ever find the truth, as the US is now all about conquering the world with a smile, tying to fool people into its charade which it has conviently titled "Fight Against Terrorism" - what an irony

1:26 PM  
Blogger Jaded said...

We have been conditioned to take it for granted that there are always 2 versions to the story; the one flouted by the media led by US and the truth..
Lethal airstrikes have been carried out before where entire sleeping villages were annihilated for the sake of a statement claiming one man.. here at least the death toll was a little less..

2:29 PM  
Blogger Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Ain't that the truth!

To be honest, I didn't even have energy to blog about his death or the how's and what if's. I am glad that you managed to scrape up your thoughts into a post that says what we all are thinking and feeling. Thanks.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Shirazi said...

It is good that someone is voicing what no one else is, in this din.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!! Way to GO!!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Anwaar Hussain said...

This is what I meant Omer when I mentioned the words, hint hint, "compartmentalizing oneself".

Congratulations. You are on your way.

May the force be with you.


6:39 PM  
Blogger vintage said...

i really dont know what to believe anymore.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Thanks so much! Yours is pretty inspirational too.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Alina said...

First of all, congrats on making the first page! Some have to commit suicide in crowded areas or kill lots of people to achieve that :) Just kidding! Anyway, your opinion seems quite accurate. It is true, some of the issues raised in the blogosphere may sometimes be quite idiotic, but the correct issues it always dares to raise are the best part of it and that should be taken into account.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous stabani said...

i so agree. you summed up all my thoughts and saved me atleast an hours worth of time trying to blog all of this. then again, I forgot I had to blog about this!

9:59 PM  

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