Nick Berg’s father, proud ANSWER member, blasts Bush
“Nicholas Berg died for the sins of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld,” Michael Berg <Nicholas’ father> said. “The al-Qaida people are probably just as bad as they are, but this administration did this.”
On the front lawn of the Bergs’ home was a blue sign that read: War is not the answer. Michael Berg said he posted the sign, which belonged to an organization called ANSWER, or Act Now to Stop the War and End Racism. Berg has been a member of the group, he said, since participating in a rally in Washington, D.C., in March 2003. “It is something that I am not ashamed of. I am proud of it.”
He continued, “I think stopping the war and ending racism are extremely important things that this world has to do right now. I am proud to be a member of ANSWER and I plan to be at the march on June 5. I know it is considered a radical group,” Berg said. “I want to ask: Radical as compared to what? The Bush administration? I’ll be radical.”
Berg also directed a question to the president. “I would like to ask George Bush a question. I would like to ask him if it is true that al-Qaida offered to trade my son’s life for the life of another person,” Berg said. “And if that is true, I need that information … and I think the rest of the people of the United States of America need to know what the fate of their sons and daughters might be in the hands of the Bush administration,” he said.
I too am proud to be in ANSWER. I joined in Aug of 2002. Here in LA, we’ve been the lead group in organizing many antiwar marches and rallies, as well as dozens of other events and protests. Nationwide, ANSWER has played a major role in bringing the issue of Palestine to a sometimes balky peace movement, and has from Day One said, US out of Iraq, No UN forces. Events seem to be catching up with us.
On June 5, ANSWER, in coalition with hundreds of other groups, will March on the Pentagon. There will be major protests in LA, SF and elsewhere too. Join us.