Apart from his dhimmitude belief that "tension and bitterness" led to Nick's sadistic beheading, he's right that his slaying will only "heighten the resolve of ordinary Americans to stay and make something happen."
- Rendell Says Berg's Death Heightens US Resolve
by KYW's Tony Romeo
Governor Rendell believes the death of Nick Berg will accomplish the opposite of what his killers intended.
Rendell says his deepest condolences go out to the family of Nick Berg, whose death, he says, seems so senseless in the light of the fact that Berg wanted to help rebuild Iraq.
The governor says Berg's death points out the need for fair but swift justice for those Americans responsible for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners:
"I think the sooner that we find out who was responsible, give them their day in court, and if found guilty, mete out significant discipline, the better it will be for all of the tension and bitterness that's going on on Iraq, today."
But the governor also says that if Berg's killers thought that their horrific act would weaken the resolve of Americans to finish the job in Iraq, he believes they are sorely mistaken:
"One of the things that must be clear to these terrorists is that these type of activities are not going to cause us to lose our stomach and cut and run. Rather, in my judgement, they'll heighten the resolve of ordinary Americans to stay and make something happen."
Portions of Nick Berg's emails to his family are quoted in KYW's "Locals Iraqis React To Nick Berg's Murder
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