A former Jordanian intelligence official tells Weaver, "Zarqawi [is] not the main force in the insurgency." The attacks "made Zarqawi the symbol of the resistance in Iraq, but not the leader. And he never has been."And it was good to hear Adel Darwish (my friend, and a long time ago my employer!) on the World at One analysing Zarqawi´s character, his vanity, his mistakes. With the Jordan bombings, said Adel, Zarqawi broke the taboo preventing members of his tribe from turning him in. So they shopped him.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
The NY Times opinionator identifies Mary Anne Weaver´s article in The Atlantic as one of the most prescient and useful on Zarqawi, who was killed last night (and who Yvonne Ridley claims as a best buddy):