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Thread #69657   Message #1184251
Posted By: M.Ted
12-May-04 - 07:26 PM
Thread Name: BS: Iraqis Beheading Americans
Subject: RE: BS: Iraqis Beheading Americans
There is something very peculiar about the beheading video that was pointed out in the Guardian,1280,-4082178,00.html

>The video is of poor quality, and its time stamp seems to show an 11-hour lapse between when the >assailants finish their statement and push Berg down, to when they behead him. That suggests a >delay between those two portions of tape posted on the Web site.

These time stamp differences are evident in the photos at one of the sites listed above--

This is one of a number of strange things about this horrifying incident--

Other things include:

the family's claim that he was held by the Americans, the American claim that he was not--

the court action that seemed to result in his release

the peculiar fact that he went to Iraq without a job offer, came home, and went back to Iraq again, still without a job--

The confusing claims about his father's political views(some say he is a peace activist, some seem to think he was an avid Bush supporter)

The odd fact that initial reports on the discovery of his body in Baghdad say that his body showed signs of trauma, but don't mention that it was headless--

The serendipitous appearance of the body and the video at a time when the Bush people needed it most--

Minor things, admittedly, but vivid images have a way of taking on a life of their own, and obscuring the events that surround them--they represent at best, only a few moments of a larger flow of events, and at, worst, are contrived to convey a message--

. We watch, and wonder, but are completely helpless to do anything--not surprising that folks are a bit touchy--