Now this is interesting. . .
Suggestive, but I am quite willing to believe it was just coincidence. I mean, come on, a Jew, an American Jew at that, working with al Qaeda? Funny, but nobody’s mentioned him being suicidally insane before.
Even if he was working with them, however, nobody he still did nothing to deserve that death.
And I made a humble suggestion for the next time anything happens that’s even remotely this heinous: nuke Mecca.
Well, it’s actually slightly more nuanced than that.
More here and lots more here.
I think it all rather odd, but I suppose time will tell what’s going on here.
Coincidences happen. I’m more inclined to believe he was CIA if anything other than what he has been described as. But, given the polarizing effect of his death and the effectiveness it has for the opposition, maybe he was ‘martyred’.
Well, if we feel like firmly affixing the tinfoil hat and taking this through the back 40, the train of thought would be that Nick was in cahoots with AQ, and went to Iraq for the reconstruction.
As time went on, he found himself a latter-day human shield so-to-speak. A volunteer who probably was told that he was being taped as a hostage for propaganda purposes, but ended up a head short by surprise.
This story is rather reminiscent of similar claims made about recent Japanese and Australian hostages in Iraq.
Goldfinger had an interesting saying: “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action”.
Berg working with al-Qaeda doesn’t jive with their M.O. or ideology, but maybe he was working against them. Israeli spy? CIA informant? This is shaping up to be one deep rabbit hole, and just about anything is admittedly possible. Maybe all this stuff is unrelated, maybe it’s the tip of the iceberg. Either way this story just got a lot more interesting.
Was that Goldfinger? I remembered it from the IAD cop in “Wild Things”, a movie firmly ensconced in the “enjoyable trash” category, but how great was Bill Murray in it?
hello.. neve campbell was SOO much better in it, as was denise richards…
oink oink oink yes im a pig
I’m talkin’ old school man. That was one of Goldfinger’s money lines from the original Fleming novel. It was also used to structure the book, as each part of the quote progressively corresponded to a part of the plot.
That detail didn’t quite make it to the movie, although the cinematic version did follow the book pretty faithfully.
My personal theory:
Berg was a guilt ridden do-gooder liberal type out to help oppressed Arabs. Through his idealistic actions he unwittingly came into contact with “oppressed” peoples who were actually evil terrorists.
While in Iraq, these past contacts raised red flags which led to his detention (still not clear if it was by Iraqis, Americans or both). Upon investigation, they found nothing incriminating and let him go. Sensing that the situation there was looking bad, US authorities tried to persuade Berg to leave the country, but he declined. Perhaps he declined out of bitterness over his detention or just a general mistrust of US authority.
Unfortunately for him, he was soon nabbed by terrorists and killed, which, according to this very strange and troubling quotation from his father, was actually an error on the part of the terrorists:
“The al Qaeda that killed my son didn’t know what they were doing. They killed their best friend.”
Anyway, its a theory – I don’t claim it to be the truth.
Don’t forget the cost of having an airline industry, Robert McClelland. It flew Berg over there, which, as you say, “led directly to his death”.
Also, he had shoes. If he hadn’t had shoes, he would have stayed in his hotel and this never would have happened.
Wow Robert, that really opened my eyes. If not for you, I’d never have known about the Vast Outdoor Plastic Furnature Consipiracy (VOPFC).
Do you do any stand up? Let me know when you come to L.A. and I’ll be sure to catch a show.
Come to think of it Jim, my family *used* to have the exact same chairs in our back yard. Where did they go, and when did they leave? I wonder if my parents are therefore complicit in Berg’s murder under Robert’s patented Slipperly Slope Logic ….
hey Richard at least Bobby the Mental Midget refrained from calling us “rubes” (his most fave insult).
i wd go see his stand up too, as long as there is no 2 drink minimum. the idea of having to sit thru the Mental Midget’s idiocy for two drinks might cause me to throw my chair at him.
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