Thursday, March 23, 2006

In the irony of ironies, peace makers rescued by troops

I just like saying that... peace activists rescued by troops acting on intelligence from an captured insurgent... rescued in a miltary operation. Big guys... with guns... willing to kill to free innocent people... putting their lives on the line...

BAGHDAD -- Acting on a tip from an Iraqi prisoner, a British-led military operation today rescued three Western peace activists whose abductors had held them hostage since November, killed their American colleague and finally left them tied up in an empty house.

No shots were fired and no kidnappers were present when a combined force of British, U.S. and Canadian troops found the three men "in good condition" in western Baghdad, said Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, a U.S. military spokesman.

The peace activists — Norman Kember, 74, of Britain, James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, both of Canada — were seized in Baghdad on Nov. 26 along with the American, Tom Fox, 54, by gunmen who later demanded the release of all Iraqi prisoners.

Fox's body was found March 9. He had been tortured by his captors, shot several times in the head and chest, and dumped on a trash heap near a railway line in the western part of the capital.

"Our hearts are filled with joy" over the men's release, said a statement by their Chicago and Toronto-based organization, Christian Peacemaker Teams. "Our gladness today is made bittersweet by the fact that Tom is not alive to join in the celebration."

No word on whether or not the the peace activists refused to be rescued by the warmongering puppets...

I'm glad your hearts are filled with joy and all, and I'm glad that you're safe now. I wouldn't wish any harm on these (misguided) activists. But perhaps a word of thanks is in order. I mean you thanked people for their "prayers and support," but not a word for the troops who freed you.

"Thank you to the troops." It's just five little words; it's not that hard. It's the Christian thing to do.

UPDATE @ 9:35am: The closest thing I've found to a thank you is this:

"We also thank everyone who has worked so hard for him to be set free. We request that our privacy be respected at this time."

Totally non-specific and not adequate.