Blind to the enemy

Blind to the enemy

: In an incredible — incredibly deluded and frightening, that is — statement, Michael Berg, the father of beheaded American Nick Berg, joins the rabid antiwar crowd in London.

People ask me why I focus on putting the blame for my son’s tragic and atrocious end on the Bush administration. They ask: “Don’t you blame the five men who killed him?” I have answered that I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration, but I am wrong: I am sure, knowing my son, that somewhere during their association with him these men became aware of what an extraordinary man my son was. I take comfort that when they did the awful thing they did, they weren’t quite as in to it as they might have been. I am sure that they came to admire him.

I am sure that the one who wielded the knife felt Nick’s breath on his hand and knew that he had a real human being there. I am sure that the others looked into my son’s eyes and got at least a glimmer of what the rest of the world sees. And I am sure that these murderers, for just a brief moment, did not like what they were doing.

George Bush never looked into my son’s eyes. George Bush doesn’t know my son, and he is the worse for it. George Bush, though a father himself, cannot feel my pain, or that of my family, or of the world that grieves for Nick, because he is a policymaker, and he doesn’t have to bear the consequences of his acts. George Bush can see neither the heart of Nick nor that of the American people, let alone that of the Iraqi people his policies are killing daily….

Even more than those murderers who took my son’s life, I can’t stand those who sit and make policies to end lives and break the lives of the still living….

So what were we to do when we in America were attacked on September 11, that infamous day? I say we should have done then what we never did before: stop speaking to the people we labelled our enemies and start listening to them. Stop giving preconditions to our peaceful coexistence on this small planet, and start honouring and respecting every human’s need to live free and autonomously, to truly respect the sovereignty of every state. To stop making up rules by which others must live and then separate rules for ourselves.

The world has watched his son being beheaded only to be used as a political pawn and yet he, too, turns him into a political pawn. Poor, poor Nick.

  • Joel

    “I take comfort that when they did the awful thing they did, they weren’t quite as in to it as they might have been. I am sure that they came to admire him.”
    That has to be the sickest thing I’ve ever heard. Those people killed your son! What a piece of cowardice scum.

  • sol

    This measures just how strong self-will, vanity, and worldly pride are when they adopt a juvenile, ignorant-to-the-degree-of-evil ideology. It’s powerful enough to even withstand the shock-of-reality of the murder of a child — a murder THAT IS WITNESSED. The sickness and delinquent evil of the left will withstand ANYthing. (Actually, this was proven in the 20th century over and over. The murder of millions couldn’t turn the minds and hearts of these idiots.)

  • mm

    Sure, lets all gang up on this guy. Its much easier to call him scum than to try to understand the point he is making. Its much easier to accuse him of using his son as a pawn rather than consider what he asks of us, to “start listening” to those we labelled our enemies. I can already predict the rest of the comments on this sad excuse for a forum: more insults and ad hominems – and NO critical engagement with what the man is really trying to communicate.

  • http://peterfallow.blogspot.com Peter Fallow

    My. God. … For once, words fail me.

  • Paul H.

    I urge the elder Mr Berg to put his “money where his mouth is”. He should travel to & thru Iraq unaccompanied, in the same manner as his son did. Perhaps he can locate his son’s killers; if he can convince them of his sincerity, they might come to agree with him, and even appear with him in a video to endorse his view that the whole thing is Bush’s fault.
    During any such video, however, he should be sure to refrain from putting his hands on his head (as in “making sure it is still connected”); it might spoil the propaganda effect.

  • http://www.jimspeak.blogspot.com Corey

    “George Bush, though a father himself, cannot feel my pain, or that of my family, or of the world that grieves for Nick, because he is a policymaker, and he doesn’t have to bear the consequences of his acts.”
    Only he does. Just because he is a policymaker doesn’t mean he is a heartless man who can’t feel pain the same as “the world”. History will remember him (for good or bad) for this war, and for the people who have died there. Although I don’t support a lot of the things he does, I don’t think he is a heartless man. I would bet he does feel a certain amount of guilt, and mourns Nick the same as the rest of us who didn’t know Nick.
    “I say we should have done then what we never did before: stop speaking to the people we labelled our enemies and start listening to them.”
    Listen to what? The extremists don’t have anything to say to us. They want us, and our way of life, dead. Period. What good is listening to them going to do us?
    I feel terrible for this man and his family. I can’t imagine what they are going through. But, I agree with JJ. Would Nick want to become a pawn?

  • sol

    mm, when critical thought equates with left-wing ideology and world view I’ll let you know. Until then entertain the possibility that you are a sleeping moron. Just entertain the possibility, mm…

  • http://journals.aol.com/ceklundesq/TheOtherShoe/ charlie eklund

    This story just keeps getting more tragic, doesn’t it?

  • http://strangewomenlyinginponds.typepad.com Brant

    Poor, useful idiot. Yeah sure, if we would only try better to get along with bin Laden, et al, the world would be so much better. It almost sounds like one of Allah’s satiric pieces.
    To hear these words come from the mouth of an American Jew — a man who should know something about the price of appeasement — adds a certain ironic garnish to a mountain of gall.

  • http://evilpundit.com EvilPundit

    This is one of the most sickening things I have read recently.
    Is there no limit to the delusions of the Bush-haters?

  • http://www.jimspeak.blogspot.com Corey

    mm,
    Idealism is noble and necessary. But, what point is Nick’s dad trying to communicate? That we should send delagates to meet with bin Laden and his ilk to find out what they want us to do to make them happy in this world? To open our hearts and listen to their deepest desires? They want the western world dead! That is what they want?
    You say this is a sad excuse for a forum. What can we hope to accomplish by listening to these extremists? Help to make this a good forum-take the lead and fill us in on the benefits of the elder Berg’s message and how anyone will benefit by the simple act of us listening to people calling for our deaths.

  • anne.elk

    Jeff, please don’t give us your poor Nick shpiel.
    Nowhere in Berg’s speech did he make any claim of absolvement of the terrorists. He is just making clear what is clear to the majority of us now. Bush is incompetent. Every move of Bush is motivated by greed and politics. That’s not me, a bush hater speaking, read the polls. That’s what a majority of free thinking, competent, America thinks.
    Your use of “poor nick”, is cynical and disgusting. As usual you are out of touch.

  • Kat

    The only one using “poor nick” is his moonbat father–he is likening him to a freaking martyr for the jihadis.

  • http://www.chasingthewind.net Michael

    Gadzooks. He thinks his son’s killers admired him before they sliced his head off?
    The expression of admiration that I’m familiar with do not involve death and dismemberment.

  • sol

    anne.elk, you sound as ‘free thinking’ and ‘competent’ as a pre-teen mouthing dutifully every word they pick up from the Nickelodeon Channel.

  • http://www.benlegal.com JimR

    MM and A.E:
    What specific action do you believe our country’s leadership should take to follow Nick’s advice.
    My imagination fails me.

  • Sydney Carton

    “So what were we to do when we in America were attacked on September 11, that infamous day? I say we should have done then what we never did before: stop speaking to the people we labelled our enemies and start listening to them.”
    Well, I suppose we should have done what they wanted then huh? Abolished the Constitution, established a theocratic fundamentalist Islamic state, killed all the Jews and any Christians who didn’t convert, institue shaira everywhere, abolish women’s rights, abolish individual rights, destroy modern technology that corrupts our souls, and let the Taliban rule America.
    This man is a complete loon.

  • Mumblix Grumph

    I am loathe to disparage the father of Nick Berg, but this is the kind of mind-set that makes me cringe and seethe.
    When the terrorists destoyed the WTC we should have asked the Islamists what we could do to get along? What kind of answer does he think we would have gotten? The only thing we can do as a people to make them happy is to either die or become radical Islamists like them. Would Berg Sr. sign off on that?
    The anti-Bush’s are suffering a collective melt-down. I only hope they don’t take us down with them.

  • http://www.hfienberg.com/kesher/ Yehudit

    I was defending Mr Berg and urging people to cut him some slack, in his grief. All we knew up to this point was that he had signed an antiwar petition, which many sane people have done.
    But I find it hard to make excuses for him at this point. That article is just deranged: The terrorists who hacked off his son’s head were more compassionate than George Bush? Talk about ignoring reality in a search for scapegoats.
    I can see someone painfully coming to forgive their loved one’s murderer over a period of time, although I would always excuse someone who could never bring themselves to that point. But to rush to make excuses for one’s son’s murderers – especially this kind of brutal politically calculated murder – when the body is barely cold? It is grossly indecent.
    I wonder what his wife, Nick’s mother, must be thinking.
    News reports alluded to strong disagreement within the family over politics, as Nick supported the war. Now we are beginning to see just how strong the disagreement was.

  • Howard Owens

    Somehow, the word idiotarian springs to mind.

  • h0mi

    Hm… where to start.
    I am sure that they came to admire him.
    Does Michael Berg saw off the heads of people he admires?
    I have answered that I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration
    What more is there to say really? This says it all.
    This is pathetic and sickening.
    And I am sure that these murderers, for just a brief moment, did not like what they were doing.
    I don’t know where Berg’s delusions stem from. It’s been debated that Berg was dead before his head was cut off (and I kind of hope thats true). If this is untrue… if that film was indeed a “snuff film” well I don’t get the sense that those 5 men disliked what they were doing for even a brief moment. Did they know they “had a real human being there”? Probably. But those murderers are not the kind of people where that sort of thing matters.
    George Bush never looked into my son’s eyes. George Bush doesn’t know my son, and he is the worse for it.
    Reading this, I’m supposed to believe Berg things Bush is worse than these murderers. And he confirms it with this garbage:
    Even more than those murderers who took my son’s life, I can’t stand those who sit and make policies to end lives and break the lives of the still living….
    As part of ANSWER, he has a lot of gall sitting there, joining hands with Stalinist apologists who support violent thugs who’ve killed far more people in the last century than a 1000 year reign of Bush could.
    Sure, lets all gang up on this guy. Its much easier to call him scum than to try to understand the point he is making. Its much easier to accuse him of using his son as a pawn rather than consider what he asks of us, to “start listening” to those we labelled our enemies. I can already predict the rest of the comments on this sad excuse for a forum: more insults and ad hominems – and NO critical engagement with what the man is really trying to communicate.
    Strange, I’ve never seen this standard applied to anyone except for the terrorists who blew up the WTC.
    ANSWER and their apologists have never suggested that we “start listening” to Bush or Sharon or Wolfowitz or Netanyahu. They’re too busy calling him Hitler or attacking any action by Israel as the wanton nazilike slaughter of palestinians.
    Nowhere in Berg’s speech did he make any claim of absolvement of the terrorists.
    Well if his speech were 2 sentences this would be true, but he makes your statement a lie in the 3rd when he says “I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration”
    He is just making clear what is clear to the majority of us now. Bush is incompetent.
    No, when he says “I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration” he is saying the Bush administration has the same level of responsibility for his sons death as the persons who sawed his head off do.

  • PJF

    Berg senior claims that President Bush can see neither the heart of his son nor the American people. I think that points to his real motivations here – jealousy and guilt. Nick Berg was ‘pro-war’, like the majority of Americans. Michael Berg could not see his son’s heart – it was beyond his comprehension. Michael Berg couldn’t recognise his own son. It must eat him up that President Bush can.
    Michael Berg has nothing left but to offer up the remains of his son as publicity for George Galloway. What an ending.

  • doug

    That they knew him as a “human” is absurd. He was slaughtered in the manner of a sheep. They deny our common humanity. That’s why they call it slaughter. The ritual is called Halal. These folks can kill all day, pray to allah for the strength of arm to slaughter again tomorrow, and rise in the morning with a glad smile on their faces. These are people who want you to sharpen the knife they slit your throat with. I defend Berg senior’s right to speak, but on what a poor deluded individual he is.

  • pele

    Americans are killing Iraqi people every day. Do you KNOW this?

  • sol

    Right. Killing, not murdering.

  • http://www.lolajl.net/blog/ Lola

    Give me a break . . . the guys who flew the planes into the towers weren’t coming to play nice with us, weren’t they? And as for those guys who use knives to cut off people’s head – well, why else are they doing it? Not to make friends with us, that’s for certain. I dare him to go over there to sit down and have coffee with bin Laden and Zarqawi.

  • http://asmallvictory.net michele

    You can bet that if George Bush ever had the chance to look into Nick Berg’s eyes, he wouldn’t be holding a knife to Berg’s neck when he did.
    Sheer lunacy.

  • http://hubris.typepad.com Hubris

    Usually, I can understand someone’s point of view/motivations even when I disagree with them. This time, I’m at a loss.
    Stop giving preconditions to our peaceful coexistence on this small planet, and start honouring and respecting every human’s need to live free and autonomously, to truly respect the sovereignty of every state.
    The last time I checked, those who murdered Nick Berg did not have a goal of each person being able to “live free and autonomously.” Can anyone not understand this? Even if you hate Bush and are against the war in Iraq, how can one not know this? And not recognize the need to react in some way, other than just “listening,” to those who are working against freedom and autonomy?

  • scott h.

    anne.elk, I used to think you were an honest, intelligent debater (if wrong). “Nowhere in Berg’s speech did he make any claim of absolvement of the terrorists.” Yeah, he just says he blames them less than the Bush administration, and that the terrorists “admired” him, and “did not like what they were doing”. You’ve turned into some sort of apologist for moonbattery. How the hell you read that and thought he was “just making clear” that “Bush is incompetent” is beyond me. You’re like a spin doctor for the insane.

  • h0mi

    Michelle- and he wouldn’t have Nick bound & tied up like a farm animal ready for the slaughter either.

  • http://blogfonte.blogspot.com/ Mitch H.

    It’s my opinion that Michael Berg is literally mad. Pity is the only emotion I can muster for his lunacy. The anti-war whores who have paraded the madness of this sad, distracted man before their crowds ought to be ostracized, driven from public life, and never given another moment of the attention they so clearly prize.

  • anne.elk

    Sorry Scott, the quote Jeff includes says,
    “I have answered that I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration”.
    That doesn’t mean less than. It means equal to. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t blame them. It means he does blame them, but he also blames the Bush Administration. He is not absolving the terrorists, and he is not absolving the administration either.

  • http://hubris.typepad.com Hubris

    anne.elk,
    You should include the entire sentence:
    I have answered that I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration, but I am wrong: I am sure, knowing my son, that somewhere during their association with him these men became aware of what an extraordinary man my son was.
    He says that he was wrong in blaming them equally, then spends the next few paragraphs explaining why Bush is worse.
    This isn’t about questioning the war effort or Bush. This is about a fundamental misunderstanding of reality.

  • shark

    I’m not inclined to give this moron a pass. It’s obvious that this is not really grief talking- this “man” was obviously on the ledge and his son’s murder just sent him down the cliff a little quicker.

  • shark

    Maybe given what a fricking nutcase his father is, maybe Nick Berg went to Iraq to get away from him? Or maybe to annoy him or to prove a point?
    Could Nick Bergs idiot of a father have driven him into the hands of his killers?

  • pele

    “incredibly deluded”
    “cowardice scum”
    “ignorant-to-the-degree-of-evil”
    “What good is listening to them going to do us?”
    “a certain ironic garnish to a mountain of gall”
    “This man is a complete loon”
    “his moonbat father”
    “the word idiotarian springs to mind”
    “This is pathetic and sickening”
    “Michael Berg couldn’t recognise his own son”
    “The anti-war whores..”
    “I’m not inclined to give this moron a pass”
    Interesting.

  • Jurgend-Javier

    WASHINGTON – Some prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison were ridden like animals, fondled by female soldiers, forced to curse their religion and required to retrieve their food from toilets, according to a published report Friday.
    The [Washington] Post also said detainees told investigators they were forced to denounce Islam or force-fed pork or liquor, required to masturbate in front of female soldiers, threatened with rape, and made to walk on all their hands and knees and bark like dogs. (courtesy AP)
    Of course this cannot be compared to any other act whether better or worse. Yes, THEY brutally murder, even their own people, while WE only do frathouse hazing. THEY enslave women, WE allow gay marriage. I think Nick’s father is talking on a very emotional level. I also think we’re past the tipping point for Bush losing the confidence of the American people. But what’s Kerry going to do? I can’t imagine that the children growing up in these times can resist thinking what an f’ed-up world this is. Who even has a plan? We can demonize Bush, and then kick him out of office, then what? There’s enough nation building that has to be done within OUR country, forget about all the images of cadavers.

  • Andrew X

    Pele, the issue is this

  • Franky

    It’s a shame his father made those comments. They don’t seem to make much sense to me; i struggle to see the connection he makes between the death of his son and Bush, but maybe that’s just me.
    But regarding his son being a political pawn, let’s be honest: immediately following his death, Berg was transformed in to a political pawn, mainly it seemed to me by the pro-war crowd who pointed and said “that’s the enemy we’re fighting”, “compare this to Abu Gharid prison, we’re not so bad” etc. etc. There seemed to be this unseemly baying for the networks to air the entire video, when obviously on grounds of taste there was some question as to whether an editor was going to show it. But that editor’s concerns over tastes were immediately transformed in to “liberal media elite doesn’t want you to know” etc. etc.
    Then again his death was also jumped on by the anti-war crowd to say “look at the first payback for Abu Ghardi”.

  • Andrew X

    Jergend, you’re some big concepts here.
    The issue is not Americans doing bad things vs. THEM doing bad things, etc.
    One of the foundational purposes of American democracy, of conservative thought, and of Christianity is that we ALL can succumb to evil. All of us. Every one.
    The issue is thus not the people, but the institutions, and how they respond. The institutions, be they press, military, or congressional, are responding. Totalitarianism’s instituitons will not. And THAT is what this battle is about. And the Left refuses to acknowledge those failures of totalitarian institutions (find me a ctitical press artical about Castro, in Havana, during 45 years of rule. Just one.) because they prefer to focus on human failings at home that ar duplicated all over the world, but somehow discredit the only institutions on the planet willing to respond to them.
    If you want a comparison worth watching, watch the institutions of the UN as they respond to terrible sexual crimes against children and the Oil-for-Palaces billions in bribes and scams. THe jury is out, but let’s watch. And compare.

  • shark

    There seemed to be this unseemly baying for the networks to air the entire video, when obviously on grounds of taste there was some question as to whether an editor was going to show it. But that editor’s concerns over tastes were immediately transformed in to “liberal media elite doesn’t want you to know” etc. etc.
    A reasonable argument, except that taste concerns always evaporate seem to evaporate when it fits the medias agenda (Boston Globe running pornographic fakes of soldiers mistreating prisoners)

  • Jurgend-Javier

    Andrew X: That’s the problem, we’re seemingly-sophisticated observers who tend to buy things, so businesses are interested in our eyeballs and bucks.
    Everyone has an opinion but no plan. Nick had an idea, but not a realistic view of keeping himself safe. We chomp and chew the news being the dutiful consumers we are, keeping scorecards of who’s right and who’s wrong.

  • Franky

    Shark,
    I saw one version of the Boston Globe, and the photo was of an apparently crazy Boston councilman holding the “rape” photos, so they weren’t clearly visible….that to me sounds likes it fine (although obviously disgraceful that a major media outlet should run false photos). Now I know there was another version of the paper, but not sure if it ran the complete photos uncut and obviously visible. If someone could clear that up would be appreciated.

  • DRW

    As a professional pop-psychologist (aren’t we all?) it’s really fascinating and sad to observe Mr. Berg’s acting-out his anguish. Clearly, Mr. Berg must feel – whether deservedly or not – that he has failed on many levels as a father: he did not/could not protect his son, and his example or preaching encouraged Nick to set out on a path of recklessness (i.e. “experimentation”) and activistm which led to his final fatal situation. How revealing then that Mr. Berg has focused his anger on the ultimate “father figure”, the POTUS. The real father, cognizant of – yet unable to articulate -his own shortcomings, instead blames the President (the paternal “policymaker”) as being distant and removed from his children’s pain. How’s that Dr. Freud?

  • shark

    Franky-
    The earlier editions ran that same photo of the liars holding up the photos- but big enough that you could see what was in the photos.

  • egger

    Most of the above comments are frightening and sad. I’d hate to hear what you had to say about someone who said “love your enemies” and “turn the other cheek.”

  • http://donatacom.com/blog.shtml Terry Heaton

    What boggles the mind here is what it says about those who would give Mr. Berg such a public platform from which to do his grieving.

  • Joe Schmoe

    One of the really scary things is that, from all accounts, Mr. Berg Sr. was just some ordinary guy in Westchester. He’s not a professional activist or anything. He’s just an upper-middle-class suburban guy. If his son hadn’t been murdered, we’d have never heard of him.
    Nonetheless, he has these incredibly radical views.
    I always thought that there were very few people with such radical views. But now I am beginnng to wonder. How many more suburban houswives, bus drivers, and farmers share the views of Mr. Berg? Probably more than we’d think.

  • Hubris

    egger,
    Mr. Berg isn’t emulating Jesus. Read his remarks again.

  • David Lowe

    The BBC story on Mr. Berg’s statement notes that it was originally sent as “a message of support to the Stop the War Coalition. Michael Berg contacted the coalition to offer his backing after it sent him a letter of sympathy.”
    This suggests two questions which I hope critical observers of journalism will pursue:
    1. To what extent did the the Stop the War Coalition solicit Mr. Berg’s statement or suggest its language? Their “letter of sympathy” to Mr. Berg had not been posted on the Stop the War Coalition’s website as of 2:15 pm EST.
    2. To what extent did the “Guardian” or its reporters facilitate the approach by the Stop the War Coalition to Mr. Berg or suggest the language of Mr. Berg’s statement?
    I don’t think we’re quite done with this story. There are remaining questions as to how a grieving parent might have been manipulated and even of journalistic ethics.

  • http://industrialblog.powerblogs.com IB Bill

    This story gets sadder and sadder. Michael Berg is obviously in a lot of pain and simply doesn’t know what he’s saying. What he needs to tell himself to emotionally survive this is what he needs to tell himself to emotionally survive. Very sad.

  • goldsmith

    I think Mr Berg knows what he is saying. That’s what makes this all the more rotten for me. It almost seems like this “eulogy” was written in his head a long time ago.
    It’s strange that a lot of the so-called left has made Bush into a weird iconic “forbidding father”, and all the personal pain, unresolved adolescence, psychic impotence are all pouring out onto this image that has nothing really to do with Bush or politics or America at all. It’s like watching a world-wide therapy session play itself out.

  • shark

    I think Mr Berg knows what he is saying. That’s what makes this all the more rotten for me. It almost seems like this “eulogy” was written in his head a long time ago
    I have to agree. I’m sorry for the guy, he lost his son, but he’s simply off the deep end. Any parent who would use the death of his son to advance their radical political agenda doesn’t sound like much of a parent to me? Crocodile tears anyone?

  • Mike

    Poor, poor Jeff. So involved in the Bush administration’s “us vs. them” simplicity that he’s unwilling to understand other truths. The terrorists are bad, bad people. We all agree. But the Bush administration took a true opportunity to lead, following 9-11, and turned us into the world’s most hated. A squashed opportunity. What an awful post.

  • Sergio

    I too am speechless.
    But at least now my belief that we are on the right path has been increased ten-fold.

  • http://tvh.rjwest.com HH

    “But the Bush administration took a true opportunity to lead, following 9-11, and turned us into the world’s most hated.”
    One of the more disingenuous memes out there… the world has always hated the US (while secretly loving it) and is constantly on the lookout for an excuse.

  • http://hubris.typepad.com Hubris

    Poor, poor Jeff. So involved in the Bush administration’s “us vs. them” simplicity that he’s unwilling to understand other truths. The terrorists are bad, bad people. We all agree. But the Bush administration took a true opportunity to lead, following 9-11, and turned us into the world’s most hated. A squashed opportunity. What an awful post.
    Mike, with all due respect, I much prefer Jeff’s post to your comment. Not agreeing with Mr. Berg’s comments does not mean one is mired in a simplistic duality or that one fails to “understand other truths.” One’s well-considered and thoughtful understanding can lead to the conclusion that Berg’s remarks are utterly wrong.

  • http://www.thenationaldebate.com Robert Cox

    Although Andy Warhol may have been right, there are some people who do better to take a pass on THEIR fifteen minutes.

  • onecent

    Most of the above comments are frightening and sad. I’d hate to hear what you had to say about someone who said “love your enemies” and “turn the other cheek.”
    egger, If you are admonishing us with your over-reached and silly “turn the other cheek” parable, maybe you’ve forgotten that Jesus ran the money changer out of the temple in broad daylight. The story sounds pretty physical to me. If you are attempting to convey some stupid virtucratic credentials, in that you are closer to God’s ideal than we, then you never really understood the Jesus you quote. His behavior was consistent with human moral indignation, justice and action. Do you really think Jesus would have “turned the other cheek” if his mother was beheaded before his eyes?
    That you are made “frightened” and “sad” by comments smacks of histrionics and narcissism. I’m afraid that you will find throughout life that almost all human’s will disappoint.

  • Kat

    Maybe Michael Berg can’t forgive himself for supporting the sewer scum who beheaded his boy. Therefore he needs to blame Bush instead of his lunatic leftist A.N.S.W.E.R terrorist lovers. Must be a bitch to know you funded your kid’s killers.

  • onecent

    Must be a bitch to know you funded your kid’s killers…….most likely the only group suspending scrutiny of his shallow indignation toward the killers. He’s found comfort with partisan politicos at a price, his kid’s death is a political commodity. He cheapened it as such.

  • Mike

    Hubris: Good point, and well stated. The “poor, poor Nick” part of Jeff’s post really got to me, I guess.
    HH, I do think the world always hated the U.S. I just think it’s a shame that we lost an opportunity to fix some mistakes we made in the past.

  • Trump

    But the Bush administration took a true opportunity to lead, following 9-11, and turned us into the world’s most hated. A squashed opportunity
    Just curious- how beloved were we prior to 9/11? You know, when all those terror attacks took place?
    And could you refresh my memory- where were all those pro-America, pro-free trade rallies worldwide?
    Yeah, the world loved up on 9/11 – loved us getting kicked in the teeth in Somaila and doing their dirty work in Kosovo.
    But I have a challenge to anyone who thinks we had this amazing swell of goodwill prior to and on 9/11 – read the editorials worldwide about that. Even the LeMonde editorial with the headline everyone loves to cite is swimming with “we deserved it” rhetoric.

  • Dave

    Mr. Berg is in the throes of total surrender to leftist mentality. Where is the appropriate, righteous indignation against Al Qaida

  • Mike

    Trump: Never said the world liked us. Said we lost an opportunity to fix past mistakes.

  • Kat

    Tell us what we should have done to appease the jihadis, Mike, so they’d like us like they did in Somalia and Bosnia.

  • Mike

    Kat, you’re right, you’re right. So sorry. Let’s blow ‘em all up. After all, we’re the good guys.

  • Kat

    The good thing here is that they spread their hate around–it’s not confined to America. They hate others too, and we help their hatred by blaming America for muslim’s madness. It is people like that–like Michael Berg–who empower these idiots.
    Muslims are beheading Buddhists in East Asia. Muslims are decapitating Christians and Animists in Africa. Muslims are beheading and gutting alive, Hindus, in the South Asia peninsula. And we know only too well how muslims have acted towards the Americans. Nick Berg and Daniel Perle are not the first to be on the receiving end of allah’s justice. They celebrated with crazed glee as 3000 died in a day. And more than they despise us, they HATE Jews–they don’t want to dhiminize them or behead a few–they want to cleanse them off the earth.
    Does anyone see a pattern here? Do muslims hate anyone who won’t be muslimized? Is that what you think we should do so they will like us?? Join with your ‘good’ guys’?—the murdering maniacs

  • h0mi

    Said we lost an opportunity to fix past mistakes.
    Like deposing a government we once “supported” despite his brutal treatment of the Kurds and Shia? Strange, that has gotten little support from the world, who merely continues to prattle on that Hussein was no threat, or suggest that sanctions, while simultaneously calling for their removal, and inspections would’ve magically made Hussein leave power. All the while the “Oil for palaces” scam festers and the world would rather focus on 1 days worth of humiliation for Arab prisoners than 12 years worth of corruption that lead to 500,000 Iraqi deaths.

  • Trump

    Said we lost an opportunity to fix past mistakes
    Really? Looks to me like we ARE fixing past mistakes….

  • Kat

    Yes, I agree, past mistakes being that Clinton did pee all when the islamists attacked and that just encouraged them. . Thank you , GWB, for addressing past mistakes.

  • Reid

    In the past two years, I have lost a brother to a drunk driver and a beloved grandmother to flesh-eating bacteria. My mother-in-law has a brain tumor, my mother is battling lung cancer, my father has prostate cancer.
    Look, people die all the time for a variety of reasons. You deal with it. It’s time to stop giving yahoos like this total jerkface and the outspoken liberal survivors of the 9-11 victims a free pass. They have no special Earthly wisdom or perspective on worldwide conflicts that any of the rest of us don’t. And, when they issue stupid, self-righteous, incoherent babbling like this article, it needs to be called what it is: stupid, self-righteous, incoherent babbling;

  • http://www,supermissile.com Supermissile

    When people suffer extremes of grief, particularly the loss of a loved one, they instinctively want to frame the loved one’s death in a broader moral context, whether it’s warranted or not. With all due respect to Mr. Berg, to say “My son died a victim a victim of American Imperialism!” probably has a more comforting ring than “A gang of barbarian thugs heheaded my son”.