The Nicholas Berg story

05.16.04

The Nicholas Berg story has been getting so much coverage by the rest of the blogosphere, it seems redundant for me to say much. See Allison on how the Iraqis knew Berg was Jewish and Meryl on what the mainstream media won’t cover. And of course, LGF has been all over the story.

The angles are many. The fact that Berg was Jewish and the fact that the mainstream media is burying that. The media’s fascination with gore and the almost exclusive focus on one man’s death while major horror stories are ignored. The reaction in the street and press of the Arab world, and the reaction in our own press and street. But I think the most significant part of this story was how Berg’s family rushed to blame Bush for his death, and how the wingnuts like Indymedia immediately jumped on the story:

The Chomsky types, perhaps feeling a nagging sense of latent guilt, could not wait to make it clear to everyone how horrified they were by the whole scene. However, their hatred is not motivated by a disgust of the hideous practice, nor the brutality of our Islamist enemy; it stems from the fact that the terrorists’ action makes it harder for the Left to place the blame for Berg’s death “where it belongs”: on the United States of America.

It can’t be too difficult to understand why a grieving family might lash out. For them I have little else other than sympathy. But for the conspiracy theorists who tried to make it seem as though the American administration, and not sadistic terrorists, were responsible for this gory act, my sympathy doesn’t extend quite that far. I have a very different reaction to them… one more characterized by contempt than by sympathy of any kind. It’s not such a stretch to see why the whole world thinks that “Bush is worse than Saddam”, with this kind of moral-equivalency nonsense floating around.

Update: As usual, Damian Penny put my thoughts into much better words than I could.

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1 Hanthala 05.17.04 at 10:20 PM

Nigeria’s in Africa, of course we won’t hear much of what is going on and I’m (pleasantly) surprized to find you making this comment. Not unrelated to the “war on terror,” of course, though Kano’s history can’t be reduced to just that.

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