Will the Christian Peacemaker Teams show any gratitude towards the United States for helping to rescue their kidnapped bretheran?
Or, perhaps a better question is, how long will it take for the "CPT" to put out a statement critisizing the United States, despite the fact that our soldiers risked their lives to help rescue people who were in Iraq solely to betray the American cause?
U.S.-led forces freed three Christian peace activists held hostage in Iraq' on Thursday in an operation mounted two weeks after the kidnappers tortured and killed their American colleague.
Canadians Jim Loney and Harmeet Sooden and 74-year-old British pacifist Norman Kember from the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) were snatched in west Baghdad in November.
The tortured body of American Tom Fox was found dumped in the capital two weeks ago.
The four were seized four months ago while driving in a part of western Baghdad known as a haven for Sunni Arab rebels...
Kidnapping? Torture? Captured while in "enemy" territory? Don't forget the "root cause", as per CPT:
"We believe that the root cause of the abduction of our colleagues is the U.S.- and British-led invasion and occupation of Iraq."
Expect more of this at some point today...those blinded by ideology, whether religious or political in nature, will never get thrown off-message by those annoying little things known as facts...
UPDATE 1240P: That didn't take long...although the freed hostages were found "tied up in a house in western Baghdad", we all know whose fault this is:
"We believe 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 today. The occupation must end," the co-chairman of CPT, Doug Pritchard, told a news conference in Toronto.
Hey, Mr. Pritchard, I have a thought - maybe it is your teams that should leave the country, to avoid being kidnapped and murdered by those you claim to protect. And perhaps the "root cause" of their deaths is your absolute moral blindness towards the evil of these enemies of peace.
Here is their statement in full; while Christian Peacemakers shows disdain for the soldiers that rescued their people, they shower praise upon the people that didn't lift a finger:
We have been especially moved by the gracious outpouring of support from Muslim brothers and sisters in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. That support continues to come to us day after day.
Gee, did that Muslim "support" free your captured teams; or was it American and British force of arms that prevented your "Peacemakers" from sharing the fate of Mr. Tom Fox?
I can almost see the Almighty now; covering his eyes and shaking his head...
Update 8PM: From Mark Steyn, some commentary:
The stunted morality of these Christian "Peacemakers" is apparently boundless. They evidently didn't grasp the lesson of their long capture and the murder of their comrade - that, even if you spend weeks on end with them and even if you agree with them, the jihadists still decline to acknowledge even the most basic common humanity. Even though you're objectively on their side, to the jihad you're still "the other". The late Mr. Fox didn't need to acquire Stockholm Syndrome: he was already on the "insurgents''' side. But they killed him anyway.