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Tuesday, May 11, 2004  

Hand Wringing

This story should put the Iraqi prison situation in better perspective.

A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq (news - web sites), and said the execution was carried out by an al-Qaida affiliated group to avenge the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.

The video showed five men wearing headscarves and black ski masks, standing over a bound man in an orange jumpsuit — similar to a prisoner's uniform — who identified himself as Nick Berg, a U.S. contractor whose body was found on a highway overpass in Baghdad on Saturday.

"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."

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 Academy wishes to thank Seymour Hersch and the lawyers who leaked the photos of their clients who were being court martialed to him and to CBS, so they could exploit the situation, and do everything possible to undermine the war on terrorists.

I suppose this death and others like it along with the burned men in Fallujah won't merit any meaningful response from us, either.

We are not doomed, but I think our democracy is when powerful institutions do everything possible to destroy resolve for self-defense. Bush is not serious enough about prosecuting this war. Too much hand wringing and politics playing.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:01 AM |