Militants Behead in Retaliation for Prisoner Abuse

A militant Islamic group with purported ties to Al Qaida had posted a video of a beheading of an American prisoner:

“After reading a statement, the men were seen pulling the man to his side and putting a large knife to his neck. A scream sounded as the men cut his head off, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ ‘God is great.’ They then held the head out before the camera.”

They claim that they attempted to exchange the hostage–Nick Berg of Philadelphia–for some detainees held in Abu Ghraib:

“For the mothers and wives of American soldiers, we tell you that we offered the U.S. administration to exchange this hostage with some of the detainees in Abu Ghraib and they refused,” one of the men read from a statement.
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“So we tell you that the dignity of the Muslim men and women in Abu Ghraib and others is not redeemed except by blood and souls. You will not receive anything from us but coffins after coffins … slaughtered in this way.”

The fact is, even though both torturing and retaliation are wrong, this is now an expected response and the military abuse has only contributed to the righteousness these militants feel when they commit these horrible murders.

Tom Tomorrow has more on the subject:

“…the Fox news anchors waste no time in exploiting this: see, the terrorists do far worse things than happened at Abu Ghraib. No one contests this, of course, but what a pathetic standard it sets: Americans–not as bad as al Qaeda!”

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UPDATE: The video is floating around, it’s exactly what you expect it to be, a horrible act against an unsuspecting man. If you want to see it, you can watch it at Consumption Junction (warning: link is NSFW, porn banners). It’s really really really really bad, and really felt sick after seeing it, but somehow I knew that I should see it. It’s hard to explain my feelings on this, but it’s apparent that this is the people we need to be finding and locking up instead of wasting our time torturing petty looters in Abu Ghraib.


Related:
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2 Comments
  1. The beheading video of Nick Berg was the worst thing I have ever seen. It brought me to tears and made me feel absolutely sick to my stomach. I can’t imagine how his family must feel, especially if they came upon the video or pictures of it. I feel that the media is to blame for Nick and Paul’s beheadings. If they wouldn’t have released those Iraqi abuse photos, maybe these 2 men would still be alive today. After the Berg video was released they should have known not to put out more of those abuse photos, but they did anyway. I knew immediately that some other innocent person was going to also be decapitated and it happened. The media is just as much to blame for the death of those two men as the people who did it.

  2. I think what I just saw on the video is horrific and vision of what is to come if we don’t maintain our military presence in the middle east. If not for the innocent people and victims currently living in those countries I would be all for bombing the crap out them. We must never ever allow apathy to permit complacency of such aboninations in the world. I fully support our presidency and our military as well as those of other countries who are brave enough to admit this is unacceptable behavior.