Next Time Just Leave Them There

Dateline Baghdad – Thu 3/23/2006

Three peace activists that have been held hostage for almost four months have been free by our multinational coalition forces.

While I’m watching the TV reports and reading the news stories on the internet a gnawing cynicism begins within me. Where is the gratitude? Who is the “Christian Peacemaker Teams”? What is their response to the rescue? …Truly ignorance is bliss because the deeper I began to dig the madder I became.

So I google Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and find their website only to be confronted with their motto, “committed to reducing violence by getting in the way.” If that’s the case these 3 CPT’ers deserve the rainbow ribbon of success stapled to their forehead, mission accomplished. Not only did they get in the way, they got taken hostage by those poor oppressed souls, and they risked the lives our servicemen and women. Getting in the way… I’m going to be sick.

Continuing on… I found CPT’s Statements page of press releases. (idiots on parade if you will)

The following is from 3/23 CPT’s joyous response to their brother’s being freed-

“… Harmeet, Jim and Norman and Tom were in Iraq to learn of the struggles facing the people in that country. They went, motivated by a passion for justice and peace to live out a nonviolent alternative in a nation wracked by armed conflict. They knew that their only protection was in the power of the love of God and of their Iraqi and international co-workers. 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. The occupation must end.”

That got my blood boiling ’cause it sounds like they just blamed the very soldiers that rescued them for the kidnapping. Actually, I can see their point if you discount their own stupidity for going to Iraq, ignore the thugs that abducted these fools, and suspend any connection to reality it makes perfect sense.

Then from a 3/24 update from the hostages –

In a statement released to the Baghdad media on Mar. 24, they wrote, “We are deeply grateful to all those who worked and prayed for our release. …”

“The rest of us in CPT are also grateful to all those who worked nonviolently and who prayed fervently for their release…”

The gall to explicitly thank those who worked non-violently. To be so specific so that you intentionally excluded any soldiers. That’s reprehensible in my opinon. Even Gen. Mike Jackson, the head of the British Army stated,

“I am slightly saddened that there doesn’t seem to have been a note of gratitude for the soldiers who risked their lives.”

This coming from the same Washington Post article in which Kember (the British hostage, 74) said he needed to return home in order to determine whether his venture to Baghdad had been “foolhardy or rational, “. Truly there is no fool like and old fool.

Finally, from CPT’s “In the news” section there is a link to a Toronto Star article which contains the following jem,

“British newspapers, including The Times, have reported that the Christian Peacemaker Teams organization refused to work with special forces troops seeking to free the hostages.

But Doug Pritchard, co-director of the Peacemakers’ worldwide organization, rejoined: “We said from the outset we didn’t want a military raid, and we wouldn’t work with the military.”

My, how ignorant and misguided can you be. And to think that they’re proud of this stance.

What more can I say about this organization, a group that has its roots in such Christian perversions as the Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, and Quaker’s,-I could rant for days but I hope I’ve provided you with enough information and links to form your own judgements.

I’m ashamed of you CPT, and I hope we get the word out so the rest of this country will be as well.

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