From Cox and Forkum:

Writes Allen Forkum:

After days of intense media coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, one could easily get the impression that certain American soldiers and their commanders are the most evil people in the world, much less Iraq.

The latest news should put things back into perspective: Video Shows Beheading of American in Iraq

After reading a statement, the men were seen pulling the man to his side and putting a large knife to his neck. A scream sounded as the men cut his head off, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” — “God is great.” They then held the head out before the camera.

Perhaps now the media will have a better idea of who the real enemy is in Iraq. Perhaps CNN will create an in-depth investigation into the death-worship, oppression, racism and murderous barbarism that is “systemic” to the Islamist ideology driving the terrorists. Perhaps Reuters will pen an exposé on the insurgents’ “chain of command” and shine the harsh light of journalistic truth on Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia for providing moral and material support to terrorists. Perhaps AP will ask Al Qaeda to apologize to the families of its victims. Then again, perhaps not.

At least President Bush seems to know better than the media who the enemy is. The question is: What’s he doing about it? Will President Bush unleash our military to do whatever is necessary to arrest, kill or otherwise render harmless the Islamist threat in Iraq? Or are we going to risk still more American lives in deference to world opinion and Islamic sensibilities?

Regarding Nick Berg, the victim of this Islamist atrocity, CBS News reports: Slain Man Thought He Could ‘Help’

Last week, before Berg’s fate was known, his father said that his son had gone to Iraq partly out of a sense of adventure, partly for the opportunity for work, and partly because he was a “staunch supporter of the government position in Iraq and he wanted to go over there and help.”


It took mere hours. The story that displaced the Nick Berg murder story on CNN’s main page is about Abu Ghraib: Senators to view abuse images Wednesday. And The New York Times follow-up is focusing on the one aspect of the story involving the American government in Iraq instead of focusing on the killers: From a Strange Encounter With Iraqi Police to Fatal Capture.

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