Thursday, May 13, 2004

The ramifications around the Nicholas Berg murder are huge. Is it relevant for example that he was a practicing Jew? His strange arrest and detention by the Iraqi police before his murder is explained (according to an acquaintance) because he had Israeli stamps in his passport and they thought he might be a spy. There is no doubt that racism and Antisemitism are part of the mix here.

On Moslem condemnations of the Berg Murder (which do not as cited deal with his Jewish Identity) see Juan Cole.

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