Does This Qualify as a Self-Fisking?
John O'Sullivan at NRO points to an ABC interview with Robert Fisk (via Tim Blair).
Fisk's starting point is to note that the person in the videotape looks like Zarqawi, which is a blow to the US, but otherwise, isn't so important:
I think it is part of the bestialisation, if you like, of those people we want to hate, in the sense that I think individuals like Zarqawi or bin Laden don't actually matter. It's a bit like, you know, after you make a nuclear bomb, you go around arresting all the nuclear scientists and putting them in prison. It doesn't do any good. The nuclear bomb exists. Al-Qaeda exists.
To quote Jessica Rabbit, Zarqawi's not bad. He's just been drawn that way.
O'Sullivan concludes, "I would guess this would finish him except that nothing ever does. He is kept afloat by the self-deception of his readership."
CP @ GMC.