AMY GOODMAN [Democracy Now]: So why are you running for Congress?
MICHAEL BERG: Well, I can't do anything about my son's death at this point. Nothing will ever bring him back. But I am running for Congress in the same way that a parent who loses a child in a bicycle accident when they didn't have a helmet on, you know, and then they go out on a crusade to try to get everyone to put helmets on their children when they ride their bicycles. It's the same thing with me.
This war, this stupid war that was based on lies to begin with, that is going on just for George Bush to save face -- which is backfiring anyhow -- is killing people at the rate of one every three minutes. Someone is having the experience that I had every three minutes. Someone is losing a son, someone is losing a father, someone is losing a loved one every three minutes in Iraq, and IÂm running for Congress to stop it.Michael Berg
has a bearing and dignity that cuts through the BS and overheated hyperbole
that surounds him. While Karen Hartly Nagel is running to satisfy her vanity - I believe that Berg clearly has the public interest at heart. As I've written previously, I sincerely wish he decided to take a tact that helped undermine the Bush cabal rather than support Bush by fragmenting the opposition.