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The hostage rescue in Iraq has certainly made headlines - and the use of the term "released" in those headlines has certainly started some conversations. The CPT has now appended a belated thanks to the soldiers who freed the hostages to their original statement condemning the occupation of Iraq and expressing their joy.
Another aspect of the rescue has been largely overlooked:
U.S. military spokesman Lynch, speaking to reporters in Baghdad, said the operation was put together in three hours after a prisoner being interrogated by American forces pinpointed the location of the hostages.This could cause some embarrassing moments - the CPT's main mission in Iraq has been to help promote claims of abuse of detainees during interrogation by US Soldiers. They may now be obliged to "investigate" the circumstances that led to the rescue.
Of course, "abuse" is a term open to interpretation:
"They looked good and told us they had not been abused or beaten," said Peggy Gish, who visited the men with two fellow Christian Peacemaker Teams activists still working in Iraq. She said the freed captives had lost weight after months of inadequate food.Thus officially eliminating diet restrictions, kidnapping, and murder from the Christian Peacemaker Team's definition of abuse. That leaves a lot of wiggle room.
So it's all good.
The murder part does seem a bit extreme but hey, who are we to argue with a definition from a group "commited to nonviolence"?Posted by MaryAnn at March 24, 2006 10:36 PM
I don't imagine the dead hostage (Mr. Fox) would consider "murder" to be an exaggeration, but I guess we'll never know. And we certainly join the CPT in rejoicing that no shots were fired during the rescue. I would be very unhappy if one of our troops had been wounded in the release of one of these ungrateful activists.Posted by Adam at March 24, 2006 11:40 PM
What they need is a lesson in manners after a good spanking. Oh, but no! That would be torture.
fPosted by Fred Schoeneman at March 25, 2006 02:37 AM
The CPT went to Iraq to find and report the "evil" they believed the US does in Iraq. They found evil, but not where they went to find it.
Even after being kidnapped, and one of them murdered , they still are unable to grasp what the face of evil looks like. These people are truly in their own orbit of the surreal.
Thank-goodness no good guys were hurt getting these scumbags back.Posted by NOTR at March 25, 2006 03:37 AM
These people are interfering with our mission over there. Its bad enough tolerating "distractions"... over there, but tolerating "distractions" that also are hostile to our mission? What the heck is the Pentagon doing??!Posted by Gatts at March 25, 2006 02:34 PM
These people are interfering with our mission over there. Its bad enough tolerating "distractions"... over there, but tolerating "distractions" that also are hostile to our mission? What the heck is the Pentagon doing??!
Seems to me the military can use reasons like this to get out in the Iraqi world, train Iraqi cops and soldiers, and just generally have a reason to wake up in the morning other than patrolling and trying to avoid roadside IED's. You know the soldiers involved in the rescue have got to be high-5'ing each other and feeling good. And even if the bad guys were "just criminals" and not "real live terrorists" THEY have got to be hiding in corners and trembling right about now, too. Don't downgrade the whole event because the victims both here and there are fools.Posted by NahnCee at March 25, 2006 05:34 PM
I worked in Iraq for a year as a contract firefighter on two US Military bases. While I was there I got to know many Military Civil Affairs personnel, Special Forces members, contractors and others who helped the Iraqi people on a daily basis. What is so ironic about the “Christian Peacekeepers” attitude about our Military in Iraq is that the Civil Affairs people, Special Forces, USAID, and others have done more for the Iraqi people in the three years that they have been there than Saddam did in his entire time in office. And they do more for the Iraqi people than these anti-American, headline grabbing twits called “Christian Peacemaker Teams”. My final question about this group is where the hell was the "CPT" when Saddam was starving his people while he built dozens of Palaces, and murdering hundreds of thousands of his citizens. Don''t think CPT would have an answer for that.