May 11, 2004

Bags Over Heads vs. Beheading

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"My name is Nick Berg, my father's name is Michael, my mother's name is Susan," the man said on the video. "I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. I live in Philadelphia."
American beheaded 'for abuse'

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.

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OKAY, TELL ME AGAIN how much like our enemies we have become. I'm a little unclear on the concept that we are no better than our enemies when this is their "response":

Video Seems to Show Beheading of American

A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site appeared to show a group affiliated with al-Qaida beheading an American in Iraq (news - web sites), saying the death was revenge for the prisoner-abuse scandal.

The video showed five men wearing headscarves and black ski masks, standing over a bound man in an orange jumpsuit who identified himself as an American from Philadelphia.

After reading a statement, the men were seen pulling the man to his side and cutting off his head with a large knife. They then held the head out before the camera.

We’ve been here before with Daniel Pearl, but most of the members of the Fourth Estate not working for the Wall St. Journal have long forgotten about him, haven’t they?

Still, I trust that when video footage of Iraq Prisons is broadcast on the Evening News, that those same news organizations will be honorable enough to give equal time to this footage as well. It would be in the interests of, well, balance, wouldn't it?

Indeed, I think that our "news" organizations should make a special point to air the footage and run it over and over for a two weeks or more. The New Yorker should unleash Seymour Hersh to get the real inside goods on the breakdown in the Arab chain of command that allowed this to happen.

VidCaps need to be made and large color pictures published on the front pages of all the newspapers. Then we need to have every pundit who weighed in on the Prison Scandal have a go at this subject as well. In addition, every politician who called for actions and investigations and resignations should insist that the people in this video go through the same "process" as well. It would be the least they could do to demonstrate that they are men of honor. They are men of honor, aren't they?

Posted by Vanderleun at May 11, 2004 11:51 AM
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Thank you for posting that. I needed to hear it first from someone who isn't hiding behind a thin veneer of objectivity while struggling to hide the glee in his voice, i.e. [insert name of network talking head here]

Posted by: Harvey at May 11, 2004 1:01 PM

A friend suggested:
You behead one,
We behead one hundred.

Sounds good to me.

Posted by: no at May 11, 2004 6:54 PM

I'm against the video being shown for a couple of reasons.

1) We are taking this war on terrorism to foreign soil because we don't want our children subjected to a war on American soil. I fully agree with this decision and also don't want our children subjected to these images. By this I mean the prison images as well. If the media fell obligated to show this I wish they had the good judgement to place them on the late news when children are in bed.

2) Think of what seeing that video does the the family and friends of Nick Berg. That has to be a nightmare. Have some respect and sympathy for this mans family. They have sacrificed and suffered enough.

Ron

Posted by: Ron at May 12, 2004 12:01 PM