Abu Ghraib does not justify this [the beheading of Nick Berg]. This does not justify Abu Ghraib, assuming the murderers were not actually in Abu Ghraib. The fact that we’re not going to nuke Mecca in retaliation proves we’re better than they are. Not that we should need reminding of this. Abu Ghraib represents a betrayal of our principles, while this murder represents an expression of theirs.
While it could be argued that violence is a betrayal of Muslim values and the teachings of the Koran, it certainly is the modus operandi of the fundamentalist faction of Islam we’re fighting in this war.
UPDATE: Mr. Green comments
Minor clarification to avoid misunderstanding – I was speaking specifically of Al Qaeda, not Muslims in general. I cannot speak to what are or are not Muslim values, but AQ’s are easy to observe.
This is another way of saying what I was trying to say. Our enemies, al Qaeda and the like, ARE a betrayal of Muslim values. I just wanted to head off the “why do they hate us” crowd by pointing out that we’re not fighting all of Islam, and that this beheading is typical of the group that we are fighting. We need blog lawyers to edit our posts so that we can say what we think without some al Qaeda apologist twisting our words into meaning what they wish we meant.