American Beheaded By Al-Qaeda

From Reuters (via The Command Post):

Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq beheaded an American civilian and vowed more killings in revenge for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, an Islamist Web site said Tuesday.

A poor quality videotape on the site showed a man dressed in orange overalls sitting bound on a white plastic chair in a bare room, then on the floor with five masked men behind him.

“My name is Nick Berg, my father’s name is Michael… I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah,” said the bound man, adding he was from Philadelphia.

After one of the masked men read out a statement, they pushed Berg to the floor and shouted “God is greatest” above his screams as one of them sawed his head off with a large knife then held it aloft for the camera.

The Web site said Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a top ally of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, was the man who cut off Berg’s head. The statement read out before the killing was signed off with Zarqawi’s name and dated May 11.

Jordanian-born Zarqawi, 37, has raised his profile and status as al Qaeda’s most active operational leader with a series of suicide bombs and attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq.

A State Department official said Tuesday the body of a U.S. citizen identified as Berg had been found in Baghdad. The official said Berg had no ties to the U.S. military or the Defense Department, but offered no further details.

“He was a private American citizen not associated with a military contract,” said the State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the tape carried on the Muntada al-Ansar Islamist Web site.

Mike @ Cold Fury cites that the fingerpointing at Bush from the far left has already escalated into high gear.

Update: Michael King comments.

2nd Update: Amen, John.

6 thoughts on “American Beheaded By Al-Qaeda

  1. I figured out that you were on the left; I have no problem with that or with the link content (thanks for the warnings).

    I will agree with you that today’s events are beyond partisanship; it’s a terror issue.

    As for HTML, I don’t mind it, just as long as it’s not abused. If abuse becomes a problem, I can click some buttons to deal with it.

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  3. Killing increases evil, on either side.

    Indeed, the savage acts of the deaths of Daniel Pearl and now, of Nick Berg, are inexcusable, to say the least. The moral depravity amongst those who committed such acts overwhelms the mind, body and spirit.

    Yet catch yourself before fantasizing of returning the favor, either to individuals or to groups. That passion of vengeance is precisely what those animals drew from in doing what they did. Blind rage is just that — blind — to a higher moral plane.

    Knowing the group psychology of those who carry out such acts, it suffices to say that no amount of killing Middle Easterners or Muslims will quiet them down, let alone make them submit to our will…not anymore than such gruesome beheadings will calm us down and make us see things their way.

    The true path to success must start with the suppression of vengeance.

    P.S.

  4. Sorry Paul, but that cultral relativism BS won’t fly here.

    Wahabisism is the enemy here. It was Wahabists who murdered Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg. It was Wahabists who hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. And how dare you declare yourself an expert on moral equivalency and suggest that I and other angry Americans will rise up and blindly take our anger out on mainstream Muslims and Middle Easteners.

    Don’t let the civility of this post fool you for one bit, I’m angry all right — and my eyes are wide open, and I can see the inhuman Wahabist scum for what they are.

    We already know their group psychology. They want us all dead. They don’t give a rat’s ass whether or not you support them, empathize with them, or want to hold hands and sing Kumbaya with them. THEY. WANT. US. DEAD.

    Even if Bush had an epiphany the next day, ordered all troops back home, and decided to “play nice” with the terrorists, it wouldn’t mean a damn thing to them. THEY. WANT. US. DEAD.

    Tomorrow we could collectively submit to THEIR will, renounce our culture, our way of life, replace the Constitution with Shar’ia law, and declare Islam the official religion of the U.S., It wouldn’t mean squat to the Wahabists. They know that most Americans will refuse to go that route quietly, and therefore we remain a threat to their warped dreams of conquering The Great Satan. THEY. WANT. US. DEAD.

    The Wahabists have made it crystal clear that they will give no quarter to Americans. THEY. WANT. US. DEAD.

    I said it before, and I’ll say it again: It’s a life-or-death situation in the world today. You can lay down in denial and die if you want to. Just get the hell out of the way so the rest of us can fight to live.

    I don’t want to reason with Wahabist terrorists because I know from fact that reasoning with them is futile. I want our leaders to avenge the deaths of David Berg, Daniel Pearl, and every single American who has been mercilessly slaughtered by those evil, demon-bred swine who dare inflict terror in the name of the Islamic faith.

    Those vermin must be destroyed before they destroy us. I do NOT apologize for holding such an opinion, and I don’t give a rat’s ass what you or others may think.

    QUIT ENABLING EVIL.

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