CAIRO, Egypt - A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq, 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.
This is what I was talking about last week when I said that these people would use the prison abuse as an excuse for murder of Americans. It's an excuse for them to act like the animals they are.
This is the man
who is supposedly behind the beheading
This is who we are at war with. Barbaric animals. We are not at war with each other. We are not at war with our own military. We are not at war with Rumsfeld and Bush or Kerry or Kennedy. We keep forgetting this. Self included.
Let's remind ourselves. The factions of radical Muslim are no longer separate entities. Al Sadr, al Qaeda, all these people are just one big army out to get us. Oh, they wanted to get us all along, no doubt about that. But the amount of time and devotion given to the abuse scandal has renewed their energy and made them feel more powerful and righteous. This is what separates our soldiers from theirs. We may have a few rotten men and women among our own, but the ranks of al Qaeda and the ranks of the martyr brigade are made only of the worst kind of human being, from top to bottom. There are no good terrorists.
I wonder if the people who thought that making sure al Jazeera knows how much the left hates our administration still think it's a good idea?
Today it's Nick Berg. Who knows who it will be tomorrow. We have taken our eyes off of the prizes - peace in Iraq and Afghanistan and the eradication of Mid East terror networks.
I don't think we can win this war if we keep having to separate wars at home. That scares the crap out of me. I look at this picture of Nick Berg
, moments away from being slaughtered and the only phrase I can come up with is neither eloquent nor print-worthy.: We're fucked.
Yea, I'm all over the place today, I know. I got hate mail from the left and hate mail from the right and more than a few people have accused me of pandering to each side. Whatever. I'm terrified for the future of the country. I fear for all of us.
Update: Someone explain to me what the hell is wrong with these people?
This isn't Bush's fault. This has nothing at all to do with prison abuse, either. They are just using that as an excuse. In case anyone has forgotten, al Qaeda hated us before this damn war started. And they are starting up conspiracies that it was a CIA hit. Jesuschristontoast. People are just fucking insane.