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June 08, 2006

Michael Berg Feels "Only Sadness" Zarqawi Is Dead


"I have no sense of relief, just sadness that another human being had to die."

Berg pontification continues:

"As the poet John Donne said, any man's death diminishes me. It doesn't bring my son back, and this will just bring a new cycle of revenge killings,"

It also might prevent more innocents from having their heads sawn off while they're still alive, Mr. Berg. Did that thought ever cross your mind? Newsbusters follows what will certainly be the media graf during the next few days:

It's sad that within minutes of announcing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, the network morning shows were already carrying criticism of the Bush administration. Not only did NBC invite Sen. Joe Biden to attack Bush incompetence (funny day for that!), ABC's Bill Weir reminded the audience that Zarqawi beheaded American Nicholas Berg, and then replayed Berg's left-wing dad saying at the time that he had no desire for his son's killers to be killed. Weir then reported that he spoke to Berg's father this morning, and he condemned the Zarqawi killing as part of an endless cycle of retribution.

...and CNN acts quickly to damp down any irrational exuberance viewers might feel at Zarqawi's death:

The MSM had to find a way to downplay the significance of the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Whereas he had been portrayed as the key to violence in the country, now that he's dead, he is described as just one among 'many thousands'.

And sure enough, on CNN this morning at about 6:20 AM, there was Octavia Nasr CNN's senior editor for Arab affairs, interviewed by host Soledad O'Brien, suggesting that Zarqawi's death might not really be such a 'big deal', after all. Nasr reported that beyond Al Qaeda, there are thousands of other, home-grown insurgent groups in Iraq, 'many' of which are more powerful that Al Qaeda.

Presumably this means the media obsession with taking out bin Laden has been somewhat overblown...

The important thing is to realize that Zarqawi's death is actually a setback in the War on Terror:

"We have the response here now [to the Zarqawi killing] and it is not good. There has been another bombing. Thirteen people are dead in central Baghdad. That is apparently the current reaction from the insurgents to Zarqawi's death."

...or maybe not:

Imus: "How do we know that's a reaction to that, Mike?"

Boettcher immediately started to back down: "We don't know for sure, Don. You are right."

Imus: "This could be just another bombing. They are trying to blow the place up everyday."

A by-now abject Boettcher: "You are absolutely right."

Keep spinning. You've got to love the media. Even when we get something right, it's another miserable failure.

UPDATE: Aieeee!!!! ... it now seems that BUSH LIED!!!! about Zarqawi's death!!!!!

Just after Bush finished telling the world that the hit on al-Zarqawi was the result of Iraqi-U.S. cooperation and thanks in part to intelligence provided by Iraqis, an NBC analyst says that is NOT true.

He said that Iraqi forces were instead refusing to cooperate with U.S. troops and that this hit was purely the result of U.S. military efforts.

In addition, it appears that al-Zarqawi was practically stumbled upon. Seems the U.S. was tracking Zarqawi's spiritiual advisor when they discovered that there were plans for a 'top level' al Qaeda meeting, but they were unsure whether or not al-Zarqawi would be a part of that meeting.

What a fiasco. If we weren't 100% sure Zarqawi would be inside, obviously the entire exercise was another blunder by desperate US forces who are losing the war on terror.

Snarky wench...


UPDATE: Karen Shacham was kind enough to inform us that CNN has a live feed of reactions to Zarqawi's death. Click on Pipeline (top right of home page) to access. There is a free 14-day trial offer.

Posted by Cassandra at June 8, 2006 08:19 AM


'another man's death diminishes me.'

If that man was a good one, yes, we all feel the loss. However, Zarqawi was evil and a perpetrator of death. His death does not diminish me, but gives me a profound sense of relief that he is gone, the world is a little bit safer and gratitude that we have stayed the distance.


Posted by: Cricket at June 8, 2006 09:10 AM

Well said, Cricket.

As to Berg's comments, the psychologist in me says this:

It's his way of coping with grief. He believes hatred of another human being is wrong, so he can't allow himself to hate Zarqawi for torturing and killing his son. He's refusing to acknowledge the depth of his anger and pain by becoming a saintly person that laments all suffering as a way to diffuse personal emotions that would otherwise overwhelm him. If he has a mission and moral superiority, then he can't possibly "be a bad person for hating Zarqawi, et al."

I think there's a similar dynamic at work in Cindy Sheehan.

Posted by: FbL at June 8, 2006 09:34 AM

Hey There,

My name is Karen Shacham and I work with CNN Pipeline in Atlanta.

I thought you might be interested to know that there are LIVE reactions to AL-Zarqawi’s death, live on Pipeline right now.

CNN Pipeline is an online, commercial-free multiple live-news feed. It showcases four simultaneous news feeds from around the world and an on-demand function that allows you to select from a variety of news stories.

Please let your members know that they can go to http://www.cnn.com and click on the Pipeline link to watch it *live* and get a two week free trial.

Thanks and have a great day!

Posted by: karen at June 8, 2006 09:37 AM

Thanks, Karen :)

Posted by: Cassandra at June 8, 2006 09:45 AM

This is a great day, congrats to all involved in killing this SOB.

As far as Berg is concerned ... this man is seriously disturbed.

As far as the press is concerned, did any of you capture this bit of idiocy?

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed in air raid

'Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and kidnappings, has been killed in an air strike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday, adding that his identity was confirmed by fingerprints and a look at his face. It was a major victory in the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the broader war on terror. '

'But any hopes the Jordanian-born terror leader's death would help stem the violence in Iraq were dimmed hours later when a car bomb exploded in a Baghdad market, killing 12 and wounding 65.'

How stupid is that ... his death failed to prevent an operation already in progress? It's not like they destroyed the al-Queda ring of power!!

Posted by: Frodo at June 8, 2006 11:28 AM

No tears for that b**tard.

Posted by: April at June 8, 2006 11:59 AM

Ding Dong! The Son of a Bitch is Dead!

So, either the Iraqis helped us (good, the love of the people, etc) or our troops hunted him down. Good, smart troops. Neither is bad news.

This though is my favorite:

"In addition, it appears that al-Zarqawi was practically stumbled upon. Seems the U.S. was tracking Zarqawi's spiritiual advisor . . . ."

Right. We "stubbled" upon him like a blind pig. Now, why do you suppose we were following his spiritual advisor to begin with? Could it possibly be because we knew that he met with guy regularly and he would lead us to the bum?

Next week's headline:

"Police find escaped convict. Police were following his girlfriend, and he was arrested when he came home to get food, money and a change of clothes. Those lucky bastards just stumbled upon him."

Posted by: Hummer at June 8, 2006 12:27 PM

The amusing thing is that if Bush lied, so did the Prime Minister of Iraq and every newspaper that is reporting the Iraqis helped by tipping off the authorities.

It's all just a huge conspiracy, you see.

Posted by: Cassandra at June 8, 2006 12:30 PM

IT IS?!?!?!? I must get my tinfoil adjusted.
Zarqawi's blood for oil!

Posted by: Cricket at June 8, 2006 03:01 PM

Ever notice he was looking a little chunky in those pictures. I mean not at all like the lean mean terrorist fighting machine one should expect from a freedom fighter. Nope, he was living reasonably well all things considered and sent others out to do his dying. No doubt he should be in a burkha rather than riding naked around Iraq.

Glad we could give him the ultimate diet.

Posted by: man riding unicycle naked at June 8, 2006 11:49 PM

Oh, Michael Berg was on a phone interview with the Fox and Friends crew this am and unburdened himself of the notion that if we thought Zarqawi's death was a good thing we should be ready to execute Bush because Bush had committed much more terrorism.... Can we revoke his citizenship and send him on a one way to Iran?

Posted by: SDN at June 9, 2006 12:54 AM

He might have been bloating because of the heat...in that climate a body would decompose pretty rapidly.

Thanks, Fuzzy.

Posted by: Cricket at June 9, 2006 01:50 PM

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