Read this: The Short, Violent Life of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!! by Mary Anne Weaver

How a video-store clerk and small-time crook reinvented himself as America’s nemesis in Iraq

He continued, “The Americans have been patently stupid in all of this. They’ve blown Zarqawi so out of proportion that, of course, his prestige has grown. And as a result, sleeper cells from all over Europe are coming to join him now.” He paused for a moment, then said, “Your government is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.”