The Lady Speaks

Christian Peacekeepers Rescued

A Briton and two Canadians, members of the Christian Peacekeepers organization, were rescued today by member of the US and British militaries. A fourth member of the group, Tom Fox – an American – was killed by his abductors earlier this month.

From the Associated Press:

U.S. and British forces stormed a house and freed three Christian peace activists Thursday without firing a shot, ending a four-month ordeal during which an American in the group was killed and dumped along a railroad track.

The U.S. ambassador and the top American military spokesman held out hope the operation on the outskirts of Baghdad could lead to a break in the captivity of American reporter Jill Carroll, a freelance writer for The Christian Science Monitor who was abducted Jan. 7.

[snip]

No kidnappers were present when the troops broke into the house, where the captives were discovered with their hands tied, Lynch said.

‘They were bound, they were together, there were no kidnappers in the areas,’ he told a news briefing.

The freed men 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 an American colleague, Tom Fox, 54.

Fox’s body was found this month, shot and dumped in western Baghdad.

What is sad is the number of right-wing blogs that are ticked because these three men aren’t ‘grateful’ enough for their rescue. Or who believe that the men’s belief in peace and non-violence should be gone now that they are victims of insurgent actions. Apparently, they’ve forgotten that the namesake of their faith said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers…’

For more info on the right-wing blog reaction, you can check Crooks and Liars. I won’t waste time and energy linking to them.

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March 23, 2006 - Posted by | Iraq, Religion, US Military, War

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