Thursday, May 20, 2004
In response to this post about The Berg mystery, redux. Nick Berg, Steve at No More Mister Nice Blog alerts me via email to the growth industry in alternative theories about Berg's demise.
The chain starts with this post by Soj at Daily Kos, a lengthy and thorough introduction to the mystery that was Nick Berg, particularly with respect to his relationship with Aziz Taee.
Following this are the speculations about Berg's chair (this detail about the coincidence of a mass-produced, ubiquitous item never impressed me), and CNN's agreement with the conspiracy theorists that the Jordanian Zarqawi doesn't sound Jordanian, according to Octavia Nadr, CNN Sr. Editor for Arab Affairs.
But the slippery slope of suspicions leads us to this all-Berg blog, authored by Soj, the Daily Kos poster mentioned above, where we can find out reams of information about connections between Berg and Zacharias Moussaoui, and many other incredible details.
And now The Agonist, who agrees the whole case is "very shadowy," informs us from an Iranian website that Berg was a CIA special agent who sought to make contacts with key Al-Qaeda leadership circles before he was uncovered by Al-Zarqawi.
Confession: I have not seen the video. I don't like violent movies and the purported reality behind violent propaganda is even more difficult to stomach.
But most difficult to stomach is the uncertainty of not knowing whose propaganda the Berg video is. The numerous inconsistencies and illogical aspects of the video (Why does a self-identified man wear a mask? Why are the timelines so screwy? Doesn't the real Zarqawi wear a prosthesis? Why are the masked men so damn fat?), combined with the fact that the political value and timing of the video was much more beneficial to the Bush administration than to any other party, makes the whole thing a big, sickening, persistent question mark.
View the Archive
Alternatives to First Command Financial Planning
First Command, last resort, Part 3
Stealing $50K from a widow: Wells Real Estate
Leo Wells, REITs and divine wealth
Sex-crazed Red State teenagers
What I hate: a manifesto
Spawn of Darleen Druyun
All-American high school sex party
Why is Ken Lay smiling?
Poppy's Enron birthday party
The Saudi money laundry and the president's uncle
The sentence of Enron's John Forney
The holiness of Neil Bush's marriage
The Silence of Cheney: a poem
South Park Christians
Capitalist against Bush: Warren Buffett
Fastow childen vs. Enron children
Give your prescription money to your old boss
Neil Bush, hard-working matchmaker
Republicans against fetuses and pregnant women
Emboldened Ken Lay
Please die for me so I can skip your funeral
A brief illustrated history of the Republican Party
Soldiers become accountants
Beware the Merrill Lynch mob
Darleen Druyun's $5.7 billion surprise
First responder funding
Hoovering the country
First Command fifty percent load
Ken Lay and the Atkins diet
Leave no CEO behind
August in Crawford
Profitable slave labor at Halliburton
Tom Hanks + Mujahideen
Sharon & Neilsie Bush
One weekend a month, or eternity
Is the US pumping Iraqi oil to Kuwait?
Seth Glickenhaus: Capitalist against Bush
Martha's blow job
Mark Belnick: Tyco Catholic nut
Cheney's deferred Halliburton compensation
Jeb sucks sugar cane
Poindexter & LifeLog
American Family Association panic
Riley Bechtel and the crony economy
The Book of Sharon (Bush)
The Art of Enron
Waiting in Kuwait: Jay Garner
What's an Army private worth?
Barbara Bodine, Queen of Baghdad
Sneaky bastards at Halliburton
Golf course and barbecue military strategy
Enron at large
Cracker Chic 2
No business like war business
Martha Stewart vs. Thomas White
Roger Kimball, disappointed Republican poetry fan
Cheney, Lay, Afghanistan
Terry Lynn Barton, crimes of burning
Feasting at the Cheney trough
Who would Jesus indict?
Return of the Carlyle Group
Duct tape is for little people
GOP and bad medicine
Sears Tower vs Mt Rushmore
Crooked playing field
John O'Neill: The man who knew
Back to the top
. . .
All rights reserved
Times of posting
are US Central
to quotations by
of links is highly
subject to change
heavy machinery or
prohibited by law
or executive fiat.
Links are subject
to change whenever