Abu Musab Al Zarqawi: The making and unmaking of an American Monster (in Baghdad)

Chambers, P 2012, 'Abu Musab Al Zarqawi: The making and unmaking of an American Monster (in Baghdad)', Alternatives, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 30-51.


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Title Abu Musab Al Zarqawi: The making and unmaking of an American Monster (in Baghdad)
Author(s) Chambers, P
Year 2012
Journal name Alternatives
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 30
End page 51
Total pages 22
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract On June 7, 2006, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the United States' 'public enemy number two', was killed by two 500lb bombs, dropped by US forces on the safe house in which he and others were hiding. This paper is about the making and unmaking of Al Zarqawi as a monster, and his curious afterlife as a governmental technology. As we pass the fifth anniversary of his death, this detailed study of Al Zarqawi offers an invaluable general lesson for the political analysis of terror. Zarqawi's monstration-his making and unmaking as a monster-tells us about the powers of naming and linking that characterize executive power in the age of globalized media systems, and the productive relation between diurnal practices of security work and the nocturnal phantasms of cultural memory carried by media which, this paper argues, drive and sustain wars in the twenty-first century.
Subject Criminological Theories
Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Social Theory
Keyword(s) Abu Musab al Zarqawi
coalition of the willing
global war on terror
monstration
terrorism
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0304375412440871
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2012
ISSN 0304-3754
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