Amidst the news of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi being killed in a U.S. airstrike, I found this interview with Michael Berg. His son Nicholas was beheaded in Iraq in 2004, most likely by al-Zarqawi himself.
Michael Berg: Well, my reaction is I'm sorry whenever any human being dies. Zarqawi is a human being. He has a family who are reacting just as my family reacted when Nick was killed, and I feel bad for that.
I feel doubly bad, though, because Zarqawi is also a political figure, and his death will re-ignite yet another wave of revenge, and revenge is something that I do not follow, that I do want ask for, that I do not wish for against anybody. And it can't end the cycle. As long as people use violence to combat violence, we will always have violence.
This man is an awesome example of having mercy. I wish more people shared his mentality.