From PNI Online:

Praise the Lord! Leg amputated in 2002, today he walks!

The alleged amputation, that apparently wasn’t, isn’t just a small piece of medical trivia. The “fact” that Zarqawi supposedly was able to receive treatment in Baghdad with Saddam’s blessing was offered (believe it or not) as another “smoking gun” that Saddam, the secular socialist, was in fact in bed with the Islamic radicals of al-Qaeda.

Some al-Qaida leaders who fled Afghanistan went to Iraq. These include one very senior al-Qaida leader who received medical treatment in Baghdad this year, and who has been associated with planning for chemical and biological attacks.
— President Bush. Cincinnati speech, Oct. 7. 2002.

Zarqawi’s activities are not confined to this small corner of north east Iraq. He traveled to Baghdad in May 2002 for medical treatment, staying in the capital of Iraq for two months while he recuperated to fight another day.
— then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, U.N. briefing, Feb. 5, 2005.

From Iran Zarqawi traveled to Iraq in May 2002, where his wounded leg was amputated and the limb fitted with a prosthetic device. He spent two months recovering in Baghdad, at which time “nearly two dozen extremists converged on Baghdad and established a base of operations there.”
— Matthew A. Levitt, senior fellow in terrorism studies at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, National Review Online, Feb. 6, 2003.

Miracles really do happen — especially over in the Holy Land. Because we have just watched the video of Iraq-based terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and, lo and behold, the once-crippled man seems to have grown two healthy legs. The 30-minute video, in which Zarqawi surfaced publicly to rally Sunnis and foreign fighters behind the insurgency, shows Zarqawi running through the desert, crouching to fire a machine gun, even sitting cross-legged in a meeting — with no hint of the prosthetic limb that he allegedly received with the aid of Saddam Hussein.

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