Monday, June 12, 2006

Time's 'Bloody X' Zarqawi Cover

From my Raw Story article, Zarqawi earns Time Magazine's signature 'bloody X' cover:

A picture of Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq killed late Wednesday evening in a US air raid attack, appears on the cover of the latest issue of Time, sporting the magazine's signature 'bloody X' across his face, a 'tradition' that began in May 1945, RAW STORY has learned.

Adolf Hitler appeared on the first Time 'bloody X' cover before his suicide became known, and Saddam Hussein earned one in April of 2003 to mark the end of the Iraqi president's reign but before he had been captured.


For the Hussein 'bloody X' issue, TIME managing editor Jim Kelly explained "when regimes get the X."


"No one knows for sure whether the Iraqi ruler is dead or alive," Kelly continued. "But this much was clear last week: Saddam Hussein's regime had been 'X-ed.'"

However, the cover story accompanying the Zarqawi cover (Funeral of Evil) clearly indicates that, in this case, no 'regime had been X-ed.'


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