May 22, 2004

Nick Berg Questions

Steve asks: Absit Invidia: Was the Berg video staged? and concludes that he is not entirely convinced (that the beheading is not what it seems).

I’m not completely convinced either, but this sort of thing always fascinates me. I’m going by what othe people have said, because I haven’t watched the thing. I’m not an expert on live beheadings, and I don’t hope to become one.

Yes, it matters if he was beheaded live, because that’s what people believe they are seeing. Heck, I know people who just listened to the audio and pictured the rest. And the audio may not be quite on the level either.

Terrorism is theater. It’s meant to provoke a response, so spectacles win out over truth. And what I find amazing is how much trust is placed in the terrorists to give us an accurate story when people want to believe that story. The terrorists are monsters, so we’ll uncritically accept that they have performed a live beheading. These terrorists have proved themselves to be ruthless and a danger to America and American interests. But you don’t just take what your enemy gives you. Axiomatically.1

To echo what Steve says, I’m glad some people are asking questions.

1 It’s a separate question what you do when you’ve made enemies of everyone to some degree.

Posted by James at May 22, 2004 10:37 AM
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Like you, I love conspiracy theories but that aside, there was always something fishy about the whole Berg incident.

He just happened to lend his laptop to an al-Qaeda terrorist on a Miami bus. He shows up in third world countries - ostensibly to build his electronics business - lives among the natives, establishes local contacts, etc.

I may be SO FAR OFF but I tend to think Nick Berg was more closely associated with our government than they would like us to believe.

New conspricay theory: Berg was CIA!

Posted by: Steve at May 22, 2004 11:02 AM

Berg's family is pretty left. I doubt he would have been wanted or cleared by the CIA.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 24, 2004 2:33 PM

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