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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Michael Berg Never Looked Into a Terrorists Eyes

By Richard L. Barrett, III

In light of the recent death of murderous psychopath, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Allah be praised!) and Michael Berg’s statement upon hearing the news that the man who beheaded his son, Nicholas Berg, said, "I don't think that Zarqawi is himself responsible for the killings of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq, I think George Bush is.” I had to go back and review Mr. Berg, who is a Greenpeace candidate running for Congress in the coming fall election, and his open letter regarding the death of his son.
Below is his letter with my own running commentary about his accusations in bold black.

George Bush never looked into Nick's eyes
By Michael Berg

Even more than the murderers who took my son's life, I condemn those who make policies to end lives

Even more than the murderers who took your son’s life, I condemn those who are left-wing apologists for Islamofacisism.

My son, Nick, was my teacher and my hero. He was the kindest, gentlest man I know; no, the kindest, gentlest human being I have ever known. He quit the Boy Scouts of America because they wanted to teach him to fire a handgun. Nick, too, poured into me the strength I needed, and still need, to tell the world about him.

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.

Wrong assumption. The men who killed your son were psychopaths who are detached from human feeling and emotion. They kill innocent women and children and behead peacekeepers and foreign workers trying to make Iraq a civilized country where, under Saddam Hussein, they knew only brutality and fear. They looked into your son’s eyes and shouted “God is great! All glory to God!” They enjoyed killing your son, Mr. Berg.

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.

Donald Rumsfeld said that he took responsibility for the sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners. How could he take that responsibility when there was no consequence? Nick took the consequences.

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.

Once more the liberal disconnect. Mr. Berg conveniently forgets the reign of terror Saddam Hussein not only injected into his citizens, but also the entire region (Invaded Iraq and Kuwait, launched missiles at Israel and paid the families of Palestinian Homicide bombers.)

Nick was not in the military, but he had the discipline and dedication of a soldier. Nick Berg was in Iraq to help the people without any expectation of personal gain. He was only one man, but through his death he has become many. The truly unselfish spirit of giving your all to do what you know in your own heart is right even when you know it may be dangerous; this spirit has spread among the people who knew Nick, and that group has spread and is spreading all over the world.

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 labeled 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.

Once again, we get liberal disconnect propaganda from Mr. Berg. Listen to our enemies, Mr. Berg? Listen to those who tried to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993? Listen to those who brought them down in 2001? Listen to those who blew up the USS Cole, who bombed our soldiers in Beirut and in a German disco? Who blow themselves up in order to kill civilians in Israel, Madrid and London? Who regularly preach in their mosques the destruction of Israel, America and the West because we are all infidels? Who do you suggest we listen to, Mr. Berg? You cannot give respect to those who do not respect you! You, and your left-wing comrades, live in a fantasy world of Utopia.

George Bush's ineffective leadership is a weapon of mass destruction, and it has allowed a chain reaction of events that led to the unlawful detention of my son which immersed him in a world of escalated violence. Were it not for Nick's detention, I would have had him in my arms again. That detention held him in Iraq not only until the atrocities that led to the siege of Fallujah, but also the revelation of the atrocities committed in the jails in Iraq, in retaliation for which my son's wonderful life was put to an end.

Actually, Mr. Berg, your son would still be alive today if you had not taught him your false doctrines of left wing activism/utopianism. I am willing to bet that this is the real reason for your cause of grief, that it was actually your teachings that killed your son. Take responsibility for your actions, sir!

My son's work still goes on. Where there was one peacemaker before, I now see and have heard from thousands of peacemakers. Nick was a man who acted on his beliefs. We, the people of this world, now need to act on our beliefs. We need to let the evildoers on both sides of the Atlantic know that we are fed up with war. We are fed up with the killing and bombing and maiming of innocent people. We are fed up with the lies. Yes, we are fed up with the suicide bombers, and with the failure of the Israelis and Palestinians to find a way to stop killing each other. We are fed up with negotiations and peace conferences that are entered into on both sides with preset conditions that preclude the outcome of peace. We want world peace now.

Many have offered to pray for Nick and my family. I appreciate their thoughts, but I ask them to include in their prayers a prayer for peace. And I ask them to do more than pray. I ask them to demand peace now.





Anonymous Daniel - Pennsylvania said...

You accuse Mr. Berg of being a classic liberal who lives in a utopian world. This man has lost his son. How utopian can his world be? He has the right, as all of us do when we lose a loved one, to look somewhere for answers and accountability.

Mr. Berg has decided to take on an attitude of hope. He hopes for a better world, the kind we teach our children to strive for while we systematically work to ensure it never comes to be. We tell our children..."be nice to your playmates and work out your differences". We tell them not to throw litter in the streets. We tell them never to lie, cheat, or hurt another person intentially. Look at the track record of us adults. In an age when people invoke God and religion as weapons of hate, when they destroy the environment without a second thought to future generations, when wonton killing of civilians is brushed aside by others as self defense or part of a necessary jihad...we should all be ashamed of ourselves. We are a generation of hypocrites and liars.

Mr. Berg, like many others, wants those fighting in various parts of the world to come together at a conference table rather than a battlefield. Why do they get attacked for ideas like that? Why do we all not work harder to make that a reality?

We should all be so lucky to have delusions of a possible utopia. At least then, we may be able to forget about the hell we've all made for ourselves on this little Earth

9:03 AM  
Blogger RickSpeak said...

Hi Daniel,

Thank you for your informed response to my opinion without making a degrading personal remark. I find that refreshing. I agree with with you that Mr. Berg is suffering and will be the rest of his life. But i do not agree with you that he, like Cindy Sheehan before him, has the right to use his son's death as political propaganda. It is one thing to say Nick death was tragic and shouldn't have happened, but it is quite another to say, while a candidate for the US Congress, that President Bush "killed" his son. It is a moronic and delusional statement.

As for your despair of the people of the world and the hope you long for, it too is naive. Yes, it would be wonderful if the Islamofacists put down their arms and sit down and "talk." So I ask you, Daniel, how do you propose we do that? How do you propose that we sit down and talk with the leader of Iran who openly shouts, without impugnity, the destruction of Israel, a country that has the right to its own self-determination, simply because they are not of the same religion? And they claim they have the right to self-determination so they should have nuclear weapons? Why do you think the United States is to blame for the problems of the world? We do not teach hatred of an entire religion within our public schools. Yet, almost every Arab country does exactly that in the Middle East against Judaism!

You, the far, far left liberals get attacked for your ideas because they are simply idealistic and not realistic. It would be one thing if the entire world population lived in a delusional utopian world, and more power to you to get that world, but if only the free Western democracies embrace such delusions in this dangerous world we live, then you can say goodbye to the democracies because the facists and totalitarians will eat them alive. Hitler almost pulled it off because Western Europe so wanted to believe that peace in our time, peace for all time was attainable. The sad fact is that it isn't and never will be, unless you are a believer in the return of Christ, but me, personally, I have my doubts.

Kind Regards,
Richard Barrett

4:48 PM  

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