Berg Unhappy About al-Zarqawi’s Death


The father of Nicholas Berg, a U.S. contractor believed to have been beheaded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq, said Thursday that al-Zarqawi’s killing will only perpetuate the cycle of violence in the Middle East.

“I think al-Zarqawi’s death is a double tragedy,” Michael Berg told The Associated Press after learning that a U.S. airstrike had killed the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. “His death will incite a new wave of revenge. George Bush and al-Zarqawi are two men who believe in revenge.”

Al-Zarqawi is believed to have beheaded two American civilians in 2004: Nicholas Berg, a 26-year-old businessman from West Chester, Pa., and Eugene Armstrong, a 52-year-old contractor from Hillsdale, Mich. Jack Hensley, a 48-year-old engineer from Marietta, Ga., was abducted at the same time as Armstrong and also killed.

Armstrong’s family did not want to discuss al-Zarqawi.

“An evil man is dead, and what more can you say?” said family spokeswoman Cyndi Armstrong, the wife of the slain contractor’s cousin.

Michael Berg, a pacifist who is running for Delaware’s lone House seat on the Green Party ticket, said al-Zarqawi’s death is likely to foster anti-American resentment among al-Qaida members who feel they have nothing left to lose.

Berg said the blame for most deaths in Iraq should be placed on President Bush, who he said is “more of a terrorist than Zarqawi.”

“Zarqawi felt my son’s breath on his hand as he held the knife against his throat. Zarqawi had to look in his eyes when he did it,” Berg added, pausing to collect himself. “George Bush sits there glassy-eyed in his office with pieces of paper and condemns people to death. That, to me, is a real terrorist.”

Al-Qaida in Iraq confirmed al-Zarqawi’s death and vowed to continue its “holy war,” according to a statement posted on a Web site. The group has taken responsibility for numerous attacks on U.S. and Iraqi targets in the past few years.

“I think in this case justice has finally been served,” said the Rev. Jerry Gladson, who had been Jack Hensley’s pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Marietta.

5 Responses to “Berg Unhappy About al-Zarqawi’s Death”

  1. Chris Moore Says:

    “... al-Zarqawi’s death is likely to foster anti-American resentment among al-Qaida members who feel they have nothing left to lose.”

    Yup. If al-Zarqawi were still alive, every al-Qaida member would fall in love with Jennifer Aniston, go watch X-Men III, and begin following baseball. They would then be ineffective, since they would be to busy arguing among themselves about which team is better: the Yankees, or Boston.

  2. NewFederalist Says:

    Well, geez… a mass murderer gets his just deserts and what thanks does anyone get? Go figure!

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  4. John Davis Says:

    An open letter to Micheal (Moore) Berg:

    Dear Mr. Berg, How dare you sir! Your son was in Iraq (Voluntarily) to assist in the rebuilding of that shattered nation. He gave his life for something that obviously you have no comprehension of, self sacrifice and fidelity for a cause. The money was a factor but I believe that he truly had a desire to help. Unike his father who uses his own sons horrific death to take cheap shots at the military and the President of the United States (who by the way actually did something besides bomb an asprin factory in Afghanistan). As a 14 year veteran of the United States Military (Army) You sir are an embarrassment to all the we strive to protect and make our own sacrifices for, if what I and my fellow soldiers do for you and all the other whiny cry baby liberals offends you then I suggest you take advantage of one of the many freedoms we provide…...........The Right to leave, and if not then I suggest you grab an American flag, and shake a veterans hand and thank him for your right to shame him for doing his job!

  5. Jesse L Says:

    Mr. Davis, I believe Mr. Berg’s son was a contractor, not a member of the military. Speculating that you better understand his son’s frame of mind and what his response would be to his father’s reaction is ridiculous. And I’m sure Mr. Berg was quite outraged by Clinton’s violence as well, but in this case I think it’s safe to assume he would feel that doing nothing would be preferable to doing “something” if that involved more war.

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