Top Terrorist's Death Infuses 'Suicide Bomber' DVD Campaign12 Jun, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Savvy marketers at The Disinformation Company are using the death of al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi to promote their upcoming DVD release of the documentary The Cult of the Suicide Bomber.
The subject line of the press release says it all: “With Al-Zarqawi Dead, Who Will Continue the Violence? Explore the Mind of a Terrorist in the Acclaimed Film The Cult of the Suicide Bomber, available on 6/20 from The Disinformation Company.”
The text opens with a question: “Even though the slaying of the Jordanian-born guerilla leader eliminated the biggest advocate of the extreme violence that has made the Iraq war so grisly, with a lifetime of anti-Western propaganda and the promise of martyrdom will the tide of suicide bombings subside anytime soon? Ex-CIA Agent Bob Baer sheds light on the topic like few can.”
The Cult of the Suicide Bomber traces the origins of suicide bombers from the Iran-Iraq war to the present-day Middle East. Baer, who spent more than 20 years in the Middle East, was recently cited in the plagiarism suit between Syriana writer-director Stephen Gaghan and screenwriter Stephanie Vergniault, who claims the Oscar-winning film is based on her script, Oversight. Gaghan has said he wrote the script for Syriana after being inspired by Baer's memoirs.