Monday, May 17, 2004

The Sacrificial Lamb?


It was bound to happen. All the tinfoil-hat wearing people of the world have focused on the beheading of Nick Berg, looking for inconsistencies. If you read this article from kuro5hin.org, the author has scoured the web to bring to the reading public the 50 most talked about issues with the Nick Berg execution. Some are paper-thin, other are quite intriguing. The notable ones are in regards to the identity of the killer, who claims that he is Abu Masab Al-Zaraqawi. There are many inconsistencies with the killer physically and what we know of Al-Zaraqawi. He wears a badly-fitting prosthetic leg, which he could barely walk on. The killer can not only walk well on it, he can also knee-drop onto someone without any visible discomfort. There are several tattoos on the Al-Zaraqawi's right hand, these are not visible in the video, even though we get a good shot of said hand. Also, there is the claim made by insurgents that Al-Zaraqawi was killed in a US bombing raid last year. But we might never be able to confirm this. And if the US is behind the beheading, why would we confirm this anyway?

And this is the basis of my point: This evidence will get buried and the story will be nothing but a conspiracy theory from now on. There is no way that the American government will admit to this killing, if in fact we were behind it. You can chase down all the leads you want, but without admission, it will turn out to be like the JFK assassination. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to make some sense out of what happened and try to bring the culprits to justice. But some people are beyond the reach of justice. And all of these inconsistencies might just be coincidence. Really, if the CIA wanted to do this, they wouldn't have done such a sloppy job. Now, the prison wards at Abu Gharib, however, seem stupid enough to have maybe tried this to get the world off their asses before they are all sent to prison for the rest of their lives. That I could buy before thinking it was some grand conspiracy involving the whole US government.

We'll probably never know, and that's the crappiest part.

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