Abu Musab Zarqawi, the monster who apparently sawed through Nick Berg's neck, was targeted on three separate occasions for U.S. military strikes since June 2002, according to NBC News. And three separate times the attack was called off.
Zarqawi, a Jordanian who lived in the Kurd-controlled area of northern Iraq, has a nasty track record:
Mr. Zarqawi is suspected in the killing of Laurence Foley, an official of the United States Agency for International Development, in Amman, Jordan in October 2002.
American officials have blamed Mr. Zarqawi for the March 2 bombings in Baghdad and Karbala in which at least 181 people died. Though they said they had no hard evidence, the officials said he might also have been behind the coordinated suicide bombings in Basra last month in which at least 74 people, including many schoolchildren, were killed.
This quote from the killing video, possibly from Zarqawi, speaks volumes:
"Does Al Qaeda need any more excuses?"
Clearly, it does not.