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March 23, 2006

US and British troops rescue 'Peace' hostages

Baghdad, Iraq

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. [...]

British officials in Baghdad said those freed were Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, and Briton Norman Kember, 74. The men — members of the Chicago-based Christian Peacemaker Teams — were kidnapped Nov. 26 along with their American colleague, Tom Fox.

The body of Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Va., was found earlier this month.

"We remember with tears Tom Fox," group co-director Doug Pritchard said. "We had longed for the day when all four men would be released together. Our gladness today is bittersweet by the fact that Tom is not alive to join his colleagues in the celebration."

IIRC, these are the Christian "Peace" activists that did not want to be freed by military forces. Please don't count on 'em to be, like, grateful or anything about not joining Tom Fox at room temperature.
The Christian Peacemaker Teams said the activists went to Iraq "motivated by a passion for justice and peace." Group volunteers have been in Iraq since October 2002, investigating allegations of abuse against Iraqi detainees by coalition forces. Its teams promote peaceful solutions in conflict zones.

"They knew that their only protection was in the power of the love of God and of their Iraqi and international co-workers," Pritchard said.

He also called for coalition forces to leave the country.

"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," Pritchard said.

Just goes to show that being "Christian" is no guarantee of good morals, or even good manners.

Since these "Christian" peace terrorist-enablers won't thank the US and British forces for their lives, let me say to those brave soldiers - Gentlemen, ladies there are those who grateful for your dedication and your bravery. We salute you. Be assured we will not denigrate your efforts or spit on you upon your return home.

UPDATE More from Michelle Malkin

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Posted by Darleen at March 23, 2006 06:27 AM


. . . And I hope that the next time this happens---and it WILL happen because these fools will go back again and again, that the military doesn't bother rescuing them! "Uh, sorry, Lieutenant, we looked and looked, just couldn't find 'em. Too bad they all got beheaded. Maybe they shouldn't have come here in the first place."

Why should soldiers have to risk their lives for these guys? The rule really should be, if you enter a war zone, you're on your own. The army has better things to do than save your sorry rear ends.

Posted by: TalkinKamel at March 23, 2006 08:05 AM