On October 8, Al-Jazeera had something nice to say about another ex-Marine. Its website ran a story about Scott Ritter saying that "US President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair acted much like Nazi war criminals in ordering the invasion of Iraq�" In an address at the Chatham House think-tank in London, Ritter said that "Both these men could be pulled up as war criminals for engaging in actions that we condemned Germany [for] in 1946."
We hope that what happened to Ritter has not happened to Rushing.
Once a weapons inspector in Iraq, Ritter turned around and became a loud-mouthed critic of the U.S. government. He took $400,000 from an Iraqi-American to produce a video defending Iraq. He was also caught using the Internet to try to arrange a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.
We still don't know how much Al-Jazeera is paying Rushing. Whatever the amount, it's blood money. Ritter has ruined his career. Rushing should have the sense not to ruin his. He still has time to pull out of the deal."
Ayman al-Zawahiri has no doubts as to what is going on and he explains his ideas to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi:
"However, despite all of this, I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media. And that we are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of our Umma."