The Bush administration said the people who beheaded American hostage Nick Berg are enemies of freedom who will be hunted down and brought to justice.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family," White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said of Berg. "It shows the true nature of the enemies of freedom. They have no regard for the lives of innocent men, women and children. We will pursue those who are responsible and bring them to justice."
Ok, we've heard this rhetoric before. Bush will sic his Texas Rangers to roundup the bad guys for public humiliation.
I'm as shocked and outraged as anybody, but I would take this thought one step further. After seeing the video I'm even more convinced it demonstrates the ruthlessness of these people and the futility of the concept of bringing them to "justice".
Playing the vengeance game is a lose-lose proposition no matter which side of the fence you're sitting. And it's always the innocent civilians caught in the middle that suffer the most.
For every so-called 'terrorist' killed, more orphans will be left behind to grow up becoming American-hating 'terrorists' and carry on with the family business.
It is a monster that feeds on itself, and sooner (preferably) or later somebody has to have the good sense to break the cycle. If not then we are all heading to armageddon.
Middle eastern cultures have a long, long (did I mention long) history of hate and revenge. Just ask the Israelis and Palestinians. It is a way of life for the fanatics and bred into their psyche.
They are brainwashed from birth to remember the past and hate. My God, they're still bitter over Alexander the Great's conquests and Ishmael taking a back seat to Isaac.
You will NOT beat them into submission and you CANNOT beat them at their own game. They practically invented it and have thousands of year's more practice than we do.