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.
That is the unfortunate reality of what we are dealing with. The more we attempt to bring “justice” and western values to this region, the more enemies we are creating.
It’s time to re-think this. But ‘smarter’ bombs and more civilian casualties (I mean collateral damage) is not the answer.
I have been reading mixed reactions of others about Nick Berg’s beheading video and found that they range from shock to outrage to even making humour of the spectacle.
So why is that? Was it really funny, or is it our way of dealing with the traumatic event? Are we trying to show the world how tough we are, or is it just a classic case of denial?
I know that I have been forever changed by viewing this video. This was not just a graphic image on a Play Station game. It was not Hollywood magic so I could hide behind my smugness in the knowledge that it was not real. No, it was reality in its most brutal form. A man actually had his head sawed off by a madman with a dull knife.
We are facing an enemy that hates without limit and is capable of unspeakable atrocities. Like others I wish I hadn’t seen it because it is brutally disturbing. But it was the final blow that convinced me of the madness of this war.