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Reuters Quickly Dampens Zarqawi News Joy

By now you have probably heard the joyous news that Zarqawi has been killed. Saudi-owned Reuters reported his death at 8:08 this morning:

A picture of the dead Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is displayed by the U.S. military during a news conference at the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad June 8, 2006.

Al-Qaeda's Zarqawi killed

Thu Jun 8, 2006 8:08am ET 10

By Mariam Karouny

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. aircraft killed al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the insurgent leader who masterminded the death of hundreds in suicide bombings and was blamed for the videotaped beheading of foreign captives.

In one of the most significant developments in Iraq since the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Jordanian-born Zarqawi was killed in a U-S.-Iraqi operation, officials said on Thursday.

Al Qaeda in Iraq confirmed his death and vowed to fight on…

But lest we bask in this accomplishment, like magic the terrorist lovers at Reuters had up two other stories within minutes.

First this one, one minute later, Reuters explains how a drop in oil prices is really bad news:

Futures fall despite Zarqawi

8:09am ET

Stock futures slumped on Thursday as investors held fast to worries about rising global interest rates despite news that al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in a U.S. air strike.

Futures pointed to a sharply lower open for stocks, following a pattern of worldwide selling of equities.

Energy shares like Exxon Mobile Corp. could extend losses from the previous session as oil prices fell further. Crude oil dropped below $70 dollars for the first time in two weeks after the news of al-Zarqawi's death

Al-Zarqawi, blamed for the beheading of foreign captives and the death of hundreds in suicide bombings, was killed in a raid north of Baghdad….

Then this capper, twenty minutes later:


Michael Berg

Father of beheaded man blames Bush, not Zarqawi

Thu Jun 8, 2006 8:28 AM ET

By Jon Hurdle

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Michael Berg, whose son Nick was beheaded in Iraq in 2004, said on Thursday he felt no sense of relief at the killing of the al Qaeda leader in Iraq and blamed President Bush for his son's death.

Asked what would give him satisfaction, Berg, an anti-war activist and candidate for U.S. Congress, said, "The end of the war and getting rid of George Bush."

The United States said its aircraft killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the insurgent leader who masterminded the death of hundreds in suicide bombings and was blamed for the videotaped beheading of Nick Berg, a U.S. contractor, and other captives.

"I don't think that Zarqawi is himself responsible for the killings of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq," Berg said in a combative television interview with the U.S. Fox News network. "I think George Bush is.

"George Bush is the one that invaded this country, George Bush is the one that destabilized it so that Zarqawi could get in, so that Zarqawi had a need to get in, to defend his region of the country from American invaders."

Berg said Bush was to blame for the torture of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.

"Yeah, like George Bush didn't OK the torture and death and rape of people in the Abu Ghraib prison for which my son was killed in retaliation?" he told his Fox interviewers.

In a telephone interview with Reuters from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the father said: "I have no sense of relief, just sadness that another human being had to die."

Berg, who is running as a Green Party candidate, has repeatedly blamed Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for his 26-year-old son's death.

Nick Berg's videotaped beheading by hooded captors was posted on the Internet, and the father said he could understand what Zarqawi's family was going through.

"I have learned to forgive a long time ago, and I regret mostly that that will bring about another wave of revenge from his cohorts from al Qaeda," he told Fox.

Zarqawi's organization took responsibility for the execution of Nick Berg in May 2004. The video was published with a caption saying: "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi slaughtering an American."

When an Islamist Web site showed the video of a man severing Berg's head, the CIA said Zarqawi was probably the one wielding the knife. The father said he was not convinced.

"I have been lied to by my own government," he told Reuters on Thursday.

And of course other outlets of our one party media are also rushing out similar stories.

For instance a Google news search for Zarqawi pulls up:

Berg: No good in al-Zarqawi's death
Seattle Post Intelligencer – 46 minutes ago
By RANDALL CHASE. DOVER, Del. — The father of Nicholas Berg, the kidnapped US … "I see more death coming out of al-Zarqawi's death," Michael Berg said. …
Father of beheaded man feels no relief over Zarqawi Washington Post
Berg: No Good in Al-Zarqawi's Death Los Angeles Times
Forbes – all 2,216 related  »

In less than an hour, Michael Berg's story had already been picked up by at least 2, 216 media sites.

And there are a dozen reports of this sad tale:

Relatives mourn Zarqawi
Daily Telegraph, Australia – 1 hour ago
… Iraq. Relatives and neighbours hailed Zarqawi as a hero of Islam and hoped his death would not impede the insurgency in Iraq. "God …

It's almost as if our media had had his and other stories ready to go, to tamp down any satisfaction at finally killing this serial murderer.

But why on earth would they want to do that?

Do they want the terrorists to win?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 8th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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