Friday, May 14, 2004

Condemnations continued 

First Hezbollah condemns Nick Berg's beheading (well, kind of), now it's Hamas' turn - again, kind of:

"I condemn this brutal act and sympathize with the family of the slain American person, who I consider a victim of the wrong U.S. policies in the region... U.S. President George Bush and (Berg's) killers are equally responsible," says Osama Hamdan, Hamas' representative in Lebanon.

That pretty much puts Hamas on the same wave-length as most of the mainstream Western media which has very quickly discovered an attractive angle on the whole story to run with: it's Bush's fault (see also these comments from Berg's former neighbours).

By the way, the "Albawaba" story quoted above calls the man who cut off Berg's head, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an "al Qaeda activist."

At least some other condemnations coming out of the Middle East seem to be a bit more sincere, like this one from the United Arab Emirates' information minister, Sheikh Abdullah:
"We are ashamed, because these terrorists carried out this attack in the name of our religion and our culture...This brutal act has nothing to do with Islam or our Arab values."


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