The horrific saga of Nick Berg contains some really strange details:

Apparently the FBI had investigated Berg because Berg gave his computer password to Zacarias Moussaoui while they were at the University of Oklahoma. The FBI eventually concluded that there was nothing to it, though.

Jonah Goldberg claims that Berg's parents are both members of ANSWER, the notorious facade for the Workers' World Party and conjectures that Berg was a leftist peacenik who wanted to see the sights for himself.

When US authorities detained Berg in Iraq, he had in his possession a copy of the Koran and some texts that were described as "anti-Semitic". I can't really make too much of this, though -- it's not as if the authorities caught him handing out copies of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to people at a protest. Maybe he was just trying to understand Islam and why Arabs hate Jews so much.

Berg's father says that "I am sure that he only saw the good in his captors until the last second of his life. They did not know what they were doing. They killed their best friend." Now I know it's not nice to kick a guy when he's down, but Mr. Berg has gone completely loopy if he believes that al-Qaeda has Iraq's best interests at heart.

I'm guessing that Berg was a really idealistic person who felt a duty to help with the reconstruction of Iraq and thought that Americans could do a much better job of trying to understand the Iraqi people. He's right on both counts, of course. Alas, al-Qaeda does not represent the Iraqi people.


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