View Full Version : Michael Berg blames Bush and Rumsfeld

05-14-2004, 06:22 AM
Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before the Bush-blaming began. It appears the father does not think his son should have any responsibility for his own safety. Nick did not leave Iraq when he was given the chance. It was a horrible event, however, blaming Bush for it instead of the killers is stupid.

Article (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1896&u=/nm/20040513/us_nm/iraq_usa_beheading_family_dc_7&printer=1)

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Reuters story:</font><hr> PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The father of Nick Berg, the American beheaded in Iraq (news - web sites), directly blamed President Bush (news - web sites) and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday for his son's death.

"My son died for the sins of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. This administration did this," Berg said in an interview with radio station KYW-AM.

In the interview from outside his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania, a seething Michael Berg also said his 26-year-old son, a civilian contractor, probably would have felt positive, even about his executioners, until the last minute.

"I am sure that he only saw the good in his captors until the last second of his life," Berg said. "They did not know what they were doing. They killed their best friend."

Two days after the publication of a video showing the execution of his son by five masked men, Berg attacked the Bush administration for its invasion of Iraq and its sponsorship of the Patriot Act, which gives sweeping powers of surveillance to the federal government.

Berg described the Patriot Act as a "coup d'etat." He added: "It's not the same America I grew up in."

The criticism came amid finger-pointing between Berg's family, U.S. military officials and Iraqi police over the young businessman's imprisonment before his execution.

Michael Berg rejected U.S. government claims that his son had never been held by American authorities in Iraq. The Iraqi police chief in the city of Mosul has also contradicted statements by the U.S.-led coalition concerning the younger Berg's detention.

'FBI (news - web sites) CAME TO MY HOUSE'

"I have a written statement from the State Department in Baghdad ... saying that my son was being held by the military," Berg said. "I can also assure you that the FBI came to my house on March 31 and told me that the FBI had him in Mosul in an Iraqi prison."

Dan Senor, spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority, said this week that Nick Berg was arrested in Mosul by Iraqi police on March 24 and released on April 6.

Senor said the FBI visited Berg three times during his detention by Iraqi police and determined that he was not involved in criminal or terrorist activities.

Brig.-Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said American military police had seen Berg during his detention to make sure he was being fed and treated properly.

Berg returned to Baghdad from Mosul in April and went missing on April 9, during a chaotic period when dozens of foreigners were snatched by guerrillas west of the capital.

His body was discovered by a road near Baghdad on Saturday. The video of his decapitation was posted on the Internet on Tuesday.

Berg had been in Baghdad from late December to Feb. 1 and returned to Iraq in March. He did not find work and planned to return home at the end of March, according to his parents.

Berg's communications to his parents stopped on March 24 and he told them later he was jailed by Iraqi officials after being picked up at a checkpoint in Mosul.

On April 5, the Bergs filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, naming Rumsfeld and alleging their son was being held illegally by the U.S. military in Iraq. The next day, he was released. (additional reporting by Maher al-Thanoon)
<hr /></blockquote> I don't want to sound un-sentimental towards this family's loss, but sometimes a giant hurdle in America is for the family to accept that fact that their kids are not perfect. I don't know this to be the case, and I cannot remember why Nick was detained but for whatever reason, he was surely not detained for being a star citizen.

Another part of the article that bugs me is the fact that the father states Berg was probably his killers best friend. WHAT?? I guess he does not mean this in the literal sense, but still, if Berg is a softie towards a terroristic group, then I beg to wonder what he was really doing over there. If I am correct, he did not have a job when he went there, and he never found work, so what did he do for the months he was there? What in his most recent past would suggest to his father that Nick was friendly with terrorists? Maybe the kid just had a big heart and saw the good in everyone.


05-14-2004, 07:58 AM

I read an article that reported that Nick's former brother-in-law was an Iraqi (his sister is dead) and that he went to go visit with him and felt more comfortable with Iraqis than a normal military person because of that.


05-14-2004, 08:14 AM
Dude i think his dad was just over come with emotion when he said that.

I was thinking maybe it is possible that the "terrorist" found out that Berg worked for the CIA at one time and maybe thought hew was some kind of spy.

05-14-2004, 09:56 AM
I read that also. It just bothered me a bit when the father said his son was probably his killers best friend.

It is a shame that this has happened, but it is a good example of the way the US treats their detainees and these militants treat theirs. Our guys made them wear panties, the terrorists beheaded the guy. Given that context should the headlines all still be about the humiliation of the US detainees?


05-14-2004, 10:28 AM
Here is a NewsMax Article (http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/5/14/95211.shtml) about Berg, and it states why he was arrested by the Iraqis in the first place (this would have probably been called profiling here in the States)... [ QUOTE ]
Berg Had Koran, 'Anti-Semitic' Book

Nick Berg had a bit of a strange run the last few years, starting with the "coincidental" usage of his e-mail account by the alleged 20th 9/11 hijacker and ending with his beheading at the hands of terrorists in Iraq. <font color="blue"> I was wondering if this tidbit of information has made it to the mainstream media? </font color>

He is described by various news agencies as a techno genius, a dreamer, a wanderer, a funnyman and the ultimate Curious George.

Today, Philly.com revealed another item about Berg: "Berg's stubborn wanderlust made him a target of suspicion - a religious Jew riding around Mosul in a taxi with a copy of the Koran. ... Some U.S. soldiers even wondered if the patriotic Berg was 'a wannabe freedom fighter.'"

So, what was he doing in Iraq? A friend told Fox News he thought Berg was "sailing in Turkey." (Sure ... if we were to go sailing, that's the place we'd choose as well.)

When Berg was arrested in Mosul, he had two items with him that made authorities nervous: a copy of the Koran and another book reportedly entitled either "The Jewish Problem" or "The Jewish Solution." Why a Jew would be carrying these items is unclear, but Berg supporters say it was like him to be curious about such things.

Berg also refused to leave Iraq when asked to do so by the State Department.

He not only apparently felt the need to help rebuild Iraq, but he also wanted to go into business doing so. He told jailers that he was losing thousands of dollars while being detained. <font color="blue"> I wonder when the libs are going to start calling him a greedy opportunist. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif </font color>

He had worked in Africa (Uganda) and had a relative living in Mosul, so that's where he went in Iraq. He was arrested only because he was an unaccompanied American in a place where that was highly unusual.

A military source in Iraq told the Philadelphia Daily News, "He was jailed because unescorted Americans aren't usually seen downtown and 'they didn't know what to do with him.'

"Police were suspicious because of 'his demeanor'" and the two books he carried.

Berg was, according to the paper, "under Iraqi control ... the FBI also questioned Berg three times and visited his parents back in West Chester."

Authorities tried to tell Berg to go home and offered to pay for everything, but he told them: "You don't understand these people like I do. You're here for a reason - and so am I."

On April 6, Berg was released from jail, and three days later he disappeared. <font color="blue"> I am just wondering how this is Bush and Rumsfeld's fault. </font color>

<hr /></blockquote> I am sure we will probably never know the whole story, but it would be nice to hear about how the US caught his killer and then at the eulogy they told the story of Hammurabi and his Code of Law. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif