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Halshoggingen av den 26 år gamle sivilisten Nick Berg av en islamistisk gruppe i Irak har klare likhetstrekk med drapet på Wall Street Journal-journalisten Daniel Pearl i Pakistan. De ble drept på samme måte; nazimuslimer skar av hodene deres mens det hele ble filmet. De var også begge amerikanske jøder.

Like Pearl, Berg was Jewish, although the latest murderers apparently did not mention his religion in their statement.

In the video, five men wearing headscarves and black ski masks stand over Berg, who is wearing an orange jumpsuit similar to a prison uniform.
«My name is Nick Berg. My father’s name is Michael,» the pale and terrified Berg says moments before he is murdered on the stomach-churning death tape.
«My mother’s name is Suzanne. I have a brother and sister David and Sarah,» continues the kneeling and bound Berg.
Then, one of the hooded fanatics reads a lengthy statement denouncing President Bush as a «dog of the Christians» and vowing revenge for the prison abuse scandal.
«Nation of Islam. Is there any excuse left to sit idly by? And how can free Muslims sleep soundly as they see Islam being slaughtered, honor bleeding, photographs of shame and reports of satanic degradation of the people of Islam, men and women in Abu Ghraib prison,» says the speaker.
As the tape continues, one of the masked men pushes Berg sideways to the ground and he begins to scream.
To shouts of «Allahu akbar» (God is great), Zarqawi thrusts a large knife into his neck and saws off his head.
After the killing, the masked monsters proudly hold up the severed head to the cameras.
The video was posted on the Muntada al-Ansar Web site, well known as a bulletin board for statements from al Qaeda and other Islamic terror groups.
The Web site’s headline title for the video was «Abu Musab al-Zarqawi slaughtering an American.»

I USA kan drapet avlede oppmerksomhet fra avsløringene av torturen i Abu Ghraib-fengselet. Umenneskeligheten i behandlingen av Berg overgår langt mishandlingen og nedrighetene som irakiske fanger er blitt utsatt for, og Berg ble også et uskyldig offer, men han ble det fordi han var amerikaner.

Bergs drapsmenn ønsker antagelig å skremme amerikanere og andre utlendinger fra å involvere seg i Irak, eller sende sine sønner og døtre dit som soldater, men oppnår kanskje det motsatte – i alle fall blant amerikanere. Avsløringen av torturen kan ha styrket dem som er mot engasjementet i Irak, men drapet på Berg gir argumentene tilbake til dem som mener at USA ikke må gi etter for slike mennesker.
«Dette viser fiendens sanne vesen», sa en talsmann for president Bush, Scott McClellan. Det har han rett i. Det er sånne som NRK og norsk presse forøvrig kaller «motstandskjempere», mens den riktige paralellen til denne hensynløse, sadistiske bestialiteten er SS på østfronten.

Forget Abu Ghraib.
The abuse committed there by a handful of soldiers was not typical; nor is it acceptable.
But the beheading of Nick Berg is par for the course for al Qaeda.
Of course, the terrorists of Muntada al-Ansar, an al Qaeda offshoot, claimed they were acting in retaliation for the Abu Ghraib abuses.
Bull.
There were no known abuses at Abu Ghraib when Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and Italian hostage Fabrizio Quattrocchi were murdered by Islamic terrorists.
And the events at Abu Ghraib had not yet come to light when frenzied crowds in Fallujah burned and mutilated the bodies of four Americans and strung them from a bridge.
No, the massacre of Nick Berg had nothing to do with Abu Ghraib.

(Leder i New York Post)