Friday, June 09, 2006

One view of al-Zarqawi's death...

Michael Berg, whose son Nicholas was taken hostage and beheaded in Iraq by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 2004, is seen in this file photo from June 29, 2004.

Berg, a pacifist and anti-war activist, said yesterday that he doesn't see any good coming from al-Zarqawi's death and feels no sense of relief at the killing of the al Qaeda leader in Iraq blamed for his son's death.

Most of the TV pundits seem to believe that killing al-Zarqawi will be some kind of turning point in the Iraq War. I'm not very hopeful. We've already celebrated several "turning points" that have not resulted in positive change.

Incidentally, Michael Berg is currently running for Delaware's lone US House seat on the Green Party ticket.

(Photo: Kieran Doherty / Reuters)


The Independent (UK) has this insightful article by Patrick Cockburn on al-Zarqawi.

Update #2

The Atlantic Monthly has this article titled, "The Short Violent Life, of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi." Written by Mary Anne Weaver, it provides lots of interesting details on the experiences that shaped al-Zarqawi.