"He is here for the sake of the American interests," he said.
Many Iraqis -- even those who supported the overthrowing of Saddam Hussein -- are growing weary of the ongoing U.S. presence.
"I want to see the Iraqi troops" said Kareem, who would only give his first name. "Let the Americans be in their bases, because when they are out all the problems happen."
Bin Laden appears to be attempting to make al-Zarqawi an Islamic hero of infinite proportions.
"So if his great story was taught, the children of the world will learn how belief can make real men who struggle against unfairness and delusion," bin Laden said. "I call for every teacher and novelist to adapt from his story the material for the future generations."
The U.S. military and the Iraqi government seem hopeful that interring al-Zarqawi in an "unmarked location at an unspecified place" will snuff out his memory and bury any chance at martyrdom.