The Beheading of Nicholas Berg

As everyone already knows from the news yesterday, a video posted on an al Qaeda-linked Web site showed the beheading of Nicholas Berg, a freelance communications worker from Pennsylvania, USA.

The Web site said the killing was carried out by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a top ally of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

I didn’t post about this yesterday even though it’s the first thing I read in the news, simply because I wanted it to move around in my head for a while before I do.

I think it’s very disturbing and wrong.

They’re painting this as an act of revenge for what was and is still being done to Iraqis, and that’s one cause that a lot of people will relate to, but still I don’t think they’ll agree with the manner it was done.

Islam is against such acts and strictly forbids them even in times of war, no matter what the circumstances are.
Islam teaches people to treat hostages and prisoners of war humanely and with dignity and respect, and that’s a long time before the Geneva conventions ever existed.

I think that the anger and resistance are justified but that acts of beheading and mutilation are so wrong and unjustified no matter what.

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