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Three Hostages Freed [Update]
CPT has finally come to their senses (probably only because of pressure from almost everyone):
We have been so overwhelmed and overjoyed to have Jim, Harmeet and Norman freed, that we have not adequately thanked the people involved with freeing them, nor remembered those still in captivity. So we offer these paragraphs as the first of several addenda:
We are grateful to the soldiers who risked their lives to free Jim, Norman and Harmeet. As peacemakers who hold firm to our commitment to nonviolence, we are also deeply grateful that they fired no shots to free our colleagues. We are thankful to all the people who gave of themselves sacrificially to free Jim, Norman, Harmeet and Tom over the last four months, and those supporters who prayed and wept for our brothers in captivity, for their loved ones and for us, their co-workers.
Those three Christian missionaries were freed last night thanks to information from an insurgent captured just three hours prior to the rescue. No shots were fired during the hostage rescue. Here’s the AP story:
Carol Rose, co-director of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, speaks during a news conference and vigil in Chicago in this file photo from Jan. 28, 2006.
U.S. and British troops Thursday freed three Christian peace activists in rural Iraq without firing a shot, ending a four-month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street.
Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, the U.S. military spokesman, said the hostages were being held by a “kidnapping cell,” and the operation to free the captives was based on information from a man captured by U.S. forces only three hours earlier.
No kidnappers were present when the troops broke into a house in western Baghdad. The captives’ hands were tied, Lynch said.
The Iraqi Interior Ministry said the captives were rescued northwest of Baghdad between the towns of Mishahda, 20 miles away from Baghdad, and the western suburb of Abu Ghraib, 12 miles away.
Read the rest of the story HERE.
Now my questions is this: Will Murtha, Clinton, and the other naysayers praise this military operation as a success? Or will they simply blame us for being there in the first place and say the whole thing was our fault? I’m interested in seeing where the credit goes for this.
The Christian Peacemakers Team won’t admit our part. As a matter of fact, they don’t even mention the fact that they were RESCUED. Instead their “hearts are filled with joy today as we heard that Harmeet Singh Sooden, Jim Loney and Norman Kember have been safely released in Baghdad.”
Notice the word “released” in place of “rescued”. They would still be in danger of a beheading or other heinous death if not for US and British SOLDIERS!!
They took the opportunity to again bash the very people who secured their freedom.
“We believe that 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. The occupation must end,” read the press release.
You know, a part of me says we should have left them for dead, but that wouldn’t be very “Christian” of me. I thought that Christians were supposed to be humble and thankful for blessings, wherever they come from. Remember this: These hostages were NOT released. They were rescued. Good intelligence through interrogation is directly responsible for their RESCUE. It was a military operation. Not a diplomatic operation. Not a Code Pink operation. Not a CPT operation. It wasn’t even an Iraqi Army operation. WE did that.
I wish I could go to Walter Reed this Friday with a sign that read “Thank God For Soldiers For a Thankless Rescue of Protesters from Certain Death”