politics, history and the war on terror
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Them and Us 

Sincerest condolences to the family of Nick Berg, who must be subjected to public display while dealing with their tragic loss. We cannot imagine what it must be like to be able to witness the heinous murder of a loved one by pointing and clicking; to have our loved ones used as a prop for evil.

Nick Berg, an American businessman who was in Iraq to assist with the reconstrustion of telecommunications infrastructure, has been murdered and beheaded by terrorists in Iraq:

After reading a statement, the men were seen pulling the man to his side and putting a large knife to his neck. A scream sounded as the men cut his head off, shouting "Allahu Akbar!" "God is great." They then held the head out before the camera.

The 'men' in question are Abu Musab Zarqari and members of Ansar al-Islam, an al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group, which will be covered at the fourth rail tomorrow. Video of this brutal murder and beheading has been released (warning: this video is extremely disturbing, view at your own risk). Anyone who was outraged by the abuse in Iraqi prisons should be apoplectic over this disgusting act of violence. This video is shocking, graphic and brutal and, and it should be viewed by those who need to be reminded of the utter depravity of our enemy.

We should not be surprised at al Qaeda's displays of murder for propaganda purposes, as their goal is to promote fear and despair amongst the American public, hoping the political pressure will force us to flee the field of battle, as we did in Somalia. This is the real difference between them and us. They intentionally stage the murder of captured Americans in an attempt to promote their cause (WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl was also killed in a similar fashion in Pakistan; warning: this video is extremely disturbing, view at your own risk). We discover rogue soldiers abusing and torturing Iraqi prisoners, investigate and punish those responsible, and display the pictures to voice our shame. They seek to institutionalize barbaric violence, with ritual beheadings, suicide bombings and kamikaze style attacks. We seek to eliminate unnecessary violence by showing restraint in cities in Iraq, even at the cost of added risk of our soldiers, and develop precision weapons to minimize the risk of civilian casualties. The Iraqi people and Muslims everywhere must decide which philosophy they prefer: civilization or chaos.

Posted by bill roggio @ 12:04 AM