Skip to comments.Berg calls US Iraqi handover a 'sham'
Posted on 06/29/2004 7:44:52 AM PDT by Ironfocus
London - The father of a US civilian beheaded in Iraq dismissed as an illusion trick the handover of power to an Iraqi interim administration as he joined anti-war campaigners on a visit to London to Tuesday.
"This transfer of power is nothing more than another nut and shell game of the Bush and Blair coalition" Michael Berg, 59, said of Monday's surprise handover two days earlier than planned.
"We know that the Iraqi people have not had an election yet and so we do not have a democracy over there, we just have a dictatorship of Bush and Blair," he said at a press conference for the Stop The War Coalition, in London.
Berg's son, Nick, 26, who ran his own communications business, was murdered by Iraqi insurgents last month, after being kidnapped in Baghdad.
Three days after his headless body was discovered, a video tape of the execution was posted on a website linked to al-Qaeda, leading to worldwide condemnation.
Berg, wearing a T-shirt inscribed with the name of an anti-war website (VoteNoWar.org), will join British anti-war demonstrators outside the Houses of Parliament later on Tuesday to demand coalition troops come home.
"Bush told us we had to go to war because Iraq played a part in the destruction of the twin towers, because Saddam Hussein had WMD (weapons of mass destruction), because there were connections between him and al-Qaeda", he said.
All that was false, "it was just greed," he said.
The removal of Saddam's regime had not brought stability to Iraq and "11 000 plus Iraqi citizens have been killed," Berg said. "Each one of them is as affected as I was."
It's time for this guy to go away. Forever.
This guys opinion rates long article. Why?
As a father, Berg was a sham.
Nobody believes anything this nut says. He's very sick.
When will Berg show up on CNN,NBC,ABC, CBS and Hardball as the new Iraq expert?
I give it a week or so.
This guy is a traitor. He is actively attempting to cause us to lose in Iraq. He should be locked up.
Mr Berg would have opposed entering the war against the Axis in WW2 to shut down the ovens. A real whackjob.
Berg should move to France, permanently.
You would think that this man would be grieving over the loss of his son.
Paging Mr. Berg - Your fifteen minutes of fame are up...
He needs a little dose of STFU.
After he gets arrested for luring gradeschool girls over the internet for sex.
By then he will be qualified to be a WMD expert.
Mr. Berg, thank you for sharing....now go away.
He didn't mind the fact that his son was over there trying to profit off of the war...?
Bush NEVER said this. NEVER. You assumed it, jerkweed.
I really feel for this guy, his son was beheaded, and the whole world saw it...
but I really think its prozac time for him
The UN Security Council sanctioned the new government, nutbar. Funny how you internationalists shriek about Bush not having UN blessings in Iraq but neglect to mention it once it actually happens. Could it be that you only want to bash Bush and America and could care less about what happens to the people of Iraq?
Pull the string and out comes a slogan:
"This transfer of power is nothing more than another nut and shell game of the Bush and Blair coalition"
"We know that the Iraqi people have not had an election yet and so we do not have a democracy over there..."
"...we just have a dictatorship of Bush and Blair"
"it was just greed"
And don't you just love the way the writer of the article dutifully reports the name of the anti-war website printed on Berg's shirt?
President Bush NEVER said that.
because Saddam Hussein had WMD (weapons of mass destruction),
He did. Bill Clinton said so. Algore said so. John Kerry said so. Ted Kennedy said so. France said so. Russia said so. The UN said so.
because there were connections between him and al-Qaeda", he said.
The removal of Saddam's regime had not brought stability to Iraq and "11 000 plus Iraqi citizens have been killed," Berg said.
Using Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International numbers, fewer people have died during and after the liberation of Iraq than would have died had Saddam remained in power during that same time frame.
Don't forget, the organizations wanted the sanctions lifted because they claimed that over ONE MILLION people had been killed by the sanctions. So, again, using THEIR NUMBERS, the liberation of Iraq, even with all of those killed has SAVED at least one hundred thousand lives.
He's using the death of his son to promote his sick agenda.
What an idiot. The core to solidifying freedom and liberty is private property rights/ownership and freedom of press and religion, NOT simple elections.
Would Mr Berg think democracy were satisfied if all 25,000,000 Iraqis voted to kick his ass? I mean...THE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE SPOKEN!
Just more of the same from the media. Good news must be turned into bad news by whatever means. This election year more than most the partisan media has really had to get down and dirty. No longer content to bias stories, they now resort to propaganda and outright lies, i.e. no link whatsoever between Saddam and Al Queda.
I do not feel for this guy at all. The first couple days I cut him some slack. But his continued ranting and lunatic ravings have removed any sympathy or slack that he should be afforded.
This left-winger (and all others) will be saying the same thing when Iraqis elect their officials in Jan/05.
you got it! How credulous is it to expect stability and an ELECTED govt. immediately after the toppling of a 30 year dictator.
Suppose we DID bring the troops home now. Instant chaos and a lot more lives lost than have been lost.
There is still something very, very fishy about the Berg story. Could anyone really have been as naive as he(Berg jr.) appeared? I don't think so.
All this BS Berg and anti-war people are spouting is sooooo not so. It is self evident untruths.
The truth is that with or without an Iraq war this guy would be spouting his nonsense. He hates Bush...clear and simple. Hating George Bush is what makes the left get up in the morning. They just can't accept that he won in 2000. That will be their undoing in November.
They have not been concentrating on WINNING in November. They've only been drooling over BEATING Bush. Wrong emphasis.
MOST people would be so traumatized by the death of their son, that they wouldn't start appearing publically in a partisan effort to create wild-eyed conspiracies with the purpose of damaging a President.
Michael Berg has bought the fancy of the leftist press and it only cost him his son's head. I wonder what he could get for his wife.
Yeah, I've been waiting with baited breath to hear what this guy has to say.
The scheduled election is for January 2005. Now, imagine if Bush had gotten the election scheudled for say, October 2004. Mr. Berg would be calling the election a sham, saying it was hastily set up and scheduled to provide electoral and political benefit for President Bush's relection chances in November.
And you can take that to the bank.
wonder what ever happen to that guy?
As I watch the cards that are beig dealt to the political table I see Bush holding many trump cards. The remaining players are constantly showing their cards and playing them at will. Even Hillary's recent comments regarding "taking back" THEIR money are out for everyone to see.
Things are unfolding quite nicely.
Yeah, 'cuz Berg is such an expert. Zheesh...
Why would anyone care what this left wing f#*ktard thinks?
Be Seeing You,
You would think that the freedom of Iraqis to make their own way would be a non-partisan issue. But not to lib/dems....it's all about politics and hating Bush.
The Soviet Union had elections, but it sure wasn't a democracy Mr. Berg.
I cannot understand how these people can forget what Saddam Hussein was when he was in power under Bill Clintons' administration. He was a bad guy THEN and everybody agreed THEN that Bush '41 made a MISTAKE by not getting him out of power.
What is their stinking problem? Can people really be THAT dumb?!?!
What and give up his 15 minutes of FAME?
Yes, this must REALLY piss off the liberal left.
We all gave this guy a pass when he found out his son had been murdered by terrorists.
That pass has expired.
Okay, if we are going to launch wild-eyed conspiracy theories, let me launch one of my own:
Michael Berg is so anti-Iraq war that he actively worked with insurgent terrorists to set his son up. Then when his son was seized and beheaded, he had more limelight to express his anti-American Ûber-Liberal views.
Disclaimer: This is a wild-eyed conspiracy theory intended to demonstrate absurdity by being absurd.
Bush is in a high stakes game of Texas Hold Em. He has been dealt Big Slick (Ace, King). Not a sure winner, but a big advantage hand. Bush flopped a straight draw, but the Turn and River can do him in.
There was a time in America when decorum and loyalty to ones country and loved ones did not take a bath on the front page of media all over the world. In memory of his son, Michael Berg is being used by the enemy to give aid and comfort to those who would see Saddam back on his throne and a whole nation, Iraq still under the oppression of the father of beheadings. Mr. Berg is wrong on all counts but then he is just parroting what he is told to say and that is the pity of it all. He is shaming his son, not honoring the man.
What a telling comment. The egotist equates his situation with that of the dead. The dead Iraqis are as affected as your SON, Mr. Berg. Only an arrogant blowhard would put his own pain on the same level of the people who actually did suffer physical pain and death.
"What and give up his 15 minutes of FAME?"
I wonder how much is he getting paid and by whom?