Originally created 03/27/06

Rescuers aren't the enemy



There's always cause to celebrate whenever innocent hostages are freed. So it was Thursday after three peace activists - kidnapped four months ago near Baghdad by some group called Swords of the Righteous Brigade - were rescued by U.S. and British forces.

The hostages, two Canadians and a Briton, are members of Toronto-based Christian Peacemaker Teams. They went to Baghdad in November with an American colleague to demonstrate their solidarity with Iraqis "oppressed" by the U.S.-led coalition.

After being kidnapped, they were separated from the American, 54-year-old Tom Fox of Clear Brook, Va., whose dead body was found earlier this month. Naturally, they were saddened to learn of that event, but neither they nor the organization to which they belong learned anything else from the experience.

There were extensive news reports on how the just-rescued hostages - Canadians James Loney, 41, H.S. Sooden, 32, and Briton Norman Kember, 74 - rejoiced at getting their freedom back. But so far, there have been no reports that they thanked their rescuers, or indicated they were grateful to them - and neither has Christian Peacemaker Teams.

In CPT's official statement, issued by co-director Doug Pritchard, the word "rescued" never appears. The hostages were "released," seemingly set free by their captors, which they weren't. The captors fled, leaving the captives behind, bound and gagged. They'd still be there if it hadn't been for the rescuers.

The statement also shows that the peace activists still haven't learned who the real enemy is. These people aren't just nave, they're delusional. Instead of blaming the kidnapping and Fox's murder on the radical Muslims who actually committed the heinous deeds, they blame the forces that saved their lives.

"The illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq," said the CPT statement.

Wrong!

The root cause of Iraq's pain and suffering are terrorists who use a corrupt, reprehensible interpretation of their Islamic faith to justify the wanton killing and maiming of innocent people. How can rational people respect "peace activists" who are so morally blind that they can't tell the difference between mass murderers and those who are trying to stop the murderers?