Is revenge a good thing?
Father of American who was savagely beheaded by al-Zarqawi speaks
Mike Berg, father of Nicholas Berg, an American businessman who was beheaded in Iraq spoke to CNN's Soledad O'Brien. What he has to say about the death of al-Zarqawi may surprise you.
"That's what is happening every time we kill an Iraqi, every time we kill anyone, we are creating a large number of people who are going to want vengeance. And, you know, when are we ever going to learn that that doesn't work?"
This man's innocent son was brutally slaughtered by extremists while trying to help the Iraqi people by installing cellphone towers for his private company. It's interesting and encouraging to read his father's insight on the death of al-Zarqawi. It seems he has turned his anger and sadness into looking for the root of the problem instead of seeking revenge.
Mr. Berg, have you ever thought about running for President?
Check out the interview out and give us your thoughts.
It is also worth nothing that Berg's beheading coincided with the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Some have suggested that Berg was "given up" in order to infuriate the American people, make Americans feel good about the killings in Iraq and also to distract the media from the scandal.
It's impossible to know if that's true or not (and I'm not saying that it is) but the thought just makes me nauseous.
Before Berg was captured and executed, he was taken into custody by Iraqi forces, then handed over to American forces and held for 13 days under the suspicion of being a spy. Apparently, he was abducted on the way to Baghdad airport to catch a flight back home. At first, the US government refused to admit that they had held Berg.