September 19, 2005

Lie Like al-Zarqawi , Squeal Like Ali

When you have to kidnap, beat and drug your troops to get them to go into battle, I think it is safe to say that the war is not going well for you:

A suicide bomber captured before he could blow himself up in a Shiite mosque claimed he was kidnapped, beaten and drugged by insurgents who forced him to take on the mission. The U.S. military said its medical tests indicated the man was telling the truth.

Mohammed Ali, who claimed to be Saudi-born and appeared to be in his 20s, said he managed to flee after another suicide attacker set off his bomb, killing at least 12 worshippers Friday as they left a mosque in the northern city of Tuz Khormato.

In confession broadcast on state television later that day, Ali told Iraqi interrogators he did not want to bomb the mosque and hoped to go home.

Results from medical tests on Ali were "consistent with his story and characterization of his treatment," Col. Billy J. Buckner, a U.S. military spokesman said Sunday.

So much for al-Zaraqawi being "the greatest" if he has to kidnap and drug people to carry out suicide attacks. It seems that the seemingly inexhaustible supply of willing suicide bombers that we westerners have come to fear is exhaustible after all. Some might even be willing to think that this validates the Bush/Rumsfeld "flypaper" strategy.

Don't let Bill Clinton know.

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Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 19, 2005 07:35 PM | TrackBack

Nice post. I argued much the same thing, here, concerning an instance of terrorists using a child with Down's syndrome to deliver a bomb. The brave jihadis pass on glory and instead make the handicapped kid go first. What a load...

Posted by: pwyll at September 19, 2005 08:47 PM

These same tactics are used to recruit school kids in African wars.

Posted by: J-Deal at September 19, 2005 09:09 PM

I seem to recall another guy had his foot taped to the accelerator of the car carrying the bomb.

Posted by: Arty at September 19, 2005 11:29 PM

The New York Times continues to honor al-Zarqawi and his band of foreign criminals by calling them rebels (NYT,9/19,page 1). For most Americans, rebel is a term of respect. Does the NYT really respect people who kidnap, drug and torture their "recruits", including developmentally disabled children, and then force them to die while blowing up innocent civilians? Why not call them what you would call them if they killed innocent NYT employees on W 43rd St in Manhattan? They are terrorists, not rebels.

Posted by: Art at September 19, 2005 11:34 PM

Too bad they are not using more of the willing. Can't the people rat out his location. I'd love to see them make him the last suicide bomber.

Posted by: splashtc at September 19, 2005 11:46 PM


Posted by: Cindi at September 20, 2005 02:40 AM

Whoa...Muhammed Ali AND Bill Buckner in the same story.

Let's just hope that Buckner doesn't let the bomb roll between his legs.

Posted by: GiovanniAPeters at September 20, 2005 05:32 PM

Er, the U.S. had to draft soldiers for every major war from the mid-nineteenth century up through Vietnam.

Posted by: Steve M. at September 20, 2005 06:47 PM

"Er, the U.S. had to draft soldiers for every major war from the mid-nineteenth century up through Vietnam."

Excellent moral equivalence! Drafting = taping feet to accelerators in a car bombing, using mentally handicapped kids in bombings and using drugging and beating as coercion methods to commit aforementioned bombings! Why didn't I SEE that? Thanks Steve!

Note to Steve; this isn't Vietnam, our soldiers are V-O-L-U-N-T-E-E-R-I-N-G.
Not only that, they want to go back, even after suffering injuries that would make you piss your leftist pants!


Posted by: Steve's Truth at September 26, 2005 09:16 PM