Saturday, March 11, 2006

A Sad, Yet Ironic, Death

American hostage Tom Fox has been killed and his body, showing signs of torture, left on a garbage dump in Baghdad, police said on Saturday.

Fox, who had been in Iraq to campaign against the U.S. occupation and to work for the release of Iraqis held by U.S. forces, was taken hostage with three colleagues in November by a group calling itself the "Swords of Truth."

Fox, a father of two, had expressed concern in an article written the day before his abduction about the dehumanization of Iraqis amid a raging insurgency and U.S. responses that he said often claimed the lives of innocents.
One of the policemen who found the body said the 54-year-old peace activist, wearing a gray tracksuit, appeared to have beaten by electric cables before his death. He had a single gunshot wound to the head and his hands were tied behind him.

A 54 year old man beaten and tortured to death simply for being an American is symbolic of the raging hatred of the terrorists masking themselves under the cloak of "insurgents". And yet, Mr. Fox was in Iraq essentially to defend these people against any real or perceived U.S. injustices. He was singled out as a soft target because he was acting under the guise of "peace"; the terrorists knew he was unlikely to be packing heat. He was killed because these animals hold a special hatred for Americans; one that existed well before this war (remember 9/11, anyone?) .

But will there be any lessons taken from this? Will Michael Moore still compare these murderers to Revolutionary Minutemen? Will the Christian Peacemaker Teams, of whom Mr. Fox was a member, still critisize the Bush administration and America as the "real criminals" in this case? Note the transference of guilt here, by both Reuters and Christian Peacemakers; they campaign against alleged American "dehumanization" and "death of innocents", yet their own innocent people are kidnapped and killed, after being dehumanized by forced propoganda and torture at Iraqi hands...
And will the anti-war activists open their eyes to the true nature of their beloved "insurgents"; or will they still root for their eventual victory in Iraq?

Alas, nothing will change; nobody on the left - media, Democrat, or otherwise - dares open their eyes to the true nature and aims of the terrorists in Iraq and worldwide. Because, you know, that means that George Bush may have been right, and the Left would literally rather die than admit that horrible, horrible, truth...

UPDATE: Evidence of above, from Mr. Fox's pious Christian Peacemaker Teams...via The Washington Post:

In a statement released last night, Christian Peacemaker Teams said the group mourned Fox, who combined "a lightness of spirit, a firm opposition to all oppression and the recognition of God in everyone."
The statement added, "We believe that the root cause of the abduction of our colleagues is the U.S.- and British-led invasion and occupation of Iraq."

Well, not to speak ill of the dead, but if you were really opposed to all oppression, why wern't your teams in North Korea? Saudi Arabia? Iran? Sudan? Or were you only in Iraq because the Americans let you into Iraq to document their "misdeeds"?
And, speaking for myself, maybe the "root cause" of Mr. Fox's death was the fact he was in a war zone, working with the bad guys, intentionally blinding himself to their true nature in order to advance his particular cause. And maybe I believe that one of the "root strengths" of the continued unrest in Iraq is the moral and physical support given to insurgent groups by organizations like the Christian "Peacemakers"...

Update 3/23: here


Malott said...

Great post. The response of the "Peacemaker" organization was just perfect.

Anonymous said...

Wow. A man voluntarily goes to try to create peace, gets tortured and killed, and you dismiss this? By the way, CPTs are active in a number of other sites as well (Israel-Palestine, the US-Mexico border, and others I can't remember right now).

CPTs are not dismissing the actions of the man(or more) who tortured and killed Tom Fox, but saying that the war in Iraq created a haven for terrorists which was not there before. THAT is a root cause.

After reading such vitrol, I seriously think I am going to throw up now.