If this is genuine, and it’s true…


Why would they release something like that right now with the whole world wringing their hands over pictures showing hazing and abuse of Iraqi prisoners?

UPDATE: There’s a story up now. This was a bad decision.

The man’s name apparently was Nick Berg, and he was a contractor from Philadelphia. His family says he rebuilt communication antennas. (I guess we’ll have to wait and see if that makes him a mercenary.)

The video apparently shows him identifying himself, then his head is cut off and held up before the camera. One of the masked men seen in the video reads a statement, part of which is

“So we tell you that the dignity of the Muslim men and women in Abu Ghraib and others is not redeemed except by blood and souls. You will not receive anything from us but coffins after coffins … slaughtered in this way.”

There’s going to be blood and coffins, all right. I guess we’ll have to see what the response will be. We’re losing on the “kinder, gentler occupiers” front.