|Man Without Qualities|
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
But it's still amazing that they said it at all:
"Hizbollah condemns this horrible act that has done very great harm to Islam and Muslims by this group that claims affiliation to the religion of mercy, compassion and humane principles," the Shi'ite Muslim group said in a statement. ... Hizbollah said Berg's killing had diverted the world's gaze from an escalating furor over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by occupation soldiers. "The timing of this act that overshadowed the scandal over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in occupation forces prisons is suspect timing that aims to serve the American administration and occupation forces in Iraq and present excuses and pretexts for their inhumane practices against Iraqi detainees."
One need not pause for a moment to wonder if Hizbollah cares a bit about Mr. Berg's death or its "un-Islamic" nature. They don't. Instead, what better proof could one need that the horrible murder of Mr. Berg has been a public relations disaster and setback of historic proportions for all arms of Islamic militancy. That's not much of a consolation for the Berg family. But it is at least possible that Mr. Berg's death will mean that the ability of Islamic lunatics to inflict at least some future deaths will be curtailed. The civilized world can only hope.
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