Thursday, March 23, 2006

Peace Kooks Endanger Our Boys and Girls in Uniform

American soldiers risked their lives today rescuing three members of the Chicago-based Christian Peacemaker Teams who had been kidnapped in Iraq where they had been seeking to draw attention to themselves and their left-wing movement.

A fourth member, AmericanTom Fox, was found murdered earlier this month. He had apparently been tortured by his Muslim-terrorist captors before being shot multiple times in the head by his Muslim terrorist captors and dumped on a trash heap next to a railway line in western Baghdad by his Muslim terrorist captors.

A spokesman for the Peacemaker Teams reacted, "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.

The spokesman did not express gratitude to the young soldiers that put their lives on the line to save the three left-wing activists.

In order to rescue the three left-wing activists, the soldiers were called away from their important work to engage in the more dangerous duty of rescue.

Reached at his home, Jesus expressed frustration that his name was being associated with the left-wing kook organization based in Chicago.

7 comments:

copy editor said...

You got a direct line too, huh? Man, I want one of those.

Christina said...

Chris,

This whole story makes me incredibly angry. Not only did this mission endanger our troops, but they did it to rescue a group of ungrateful people who clearly don't know, even after seeing them face to face, who the real enemy is.

I wrote a much nicer comment on this over on my newly-formed, much anticipated blog. (Okay, so I think you're the only one who has anticipated it, but that's okay....it's a nice way for me to rant a bit while Emily is napping.)

Anonymous said...

It is an obvious fact that the bombing and subsequent invasion of Iraq without adequate planning for the aftermath has made Iraq far less secure and more dangerous than it was even under Saddam's rule.

A lack of expressed gratitude by their organization is distrurbing indeed. However, why would any of you assume the prisoners themselves were "a group of ungrateful people"? That is equally disturbing.

SkyePuppy said...

Anonymous,

I couldn't find the word "ungrateful" on this post. Where did you find that quote and why are you accusing Chris of saying it?

Chris,

The chutzpah of the Peacemakers organization in biting the hand that rescues their people is appalling.

Andrew said...

Anonymous said: "It is an obvious fact that the bombing and subsequent invasion of Iraq without adequate planning for the aftermath has made Iraq far less secure and more dangerous than it was even under Saddam's rule."

Surely you're joking, right?

Let me offer a small reminder of what we're talking about here.

From the London Evening Standard before the invasion: "A horrific dossier of rape, torture and killings under Saddam Hussein was published by the [British] Government.... [it states that] 'Iraq is a terrifying place to live' and asserts that up to four million Iraqis, some 15 per cent of the population, have fled their homeland. Although much of the detail is already known, and some dates back a decade and more, the dossier records that, in mid-2000, Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council, headed by Saddam, approved amputation of the tongue as a new penalty 'for slander or abusive remarks about the president'. It says that Iraqi TV has broadcast pictures of the punishments as a warning."

From USA Today: "Pictures of dead Iraqis, with their necks slashed, their eyes gouged out and their genitals blackened, fill a bookshelf. Jail cells, with dried blood on the floor and rusted shackles bolted to the walls, line the corridors. And the screams of what could be imprisoned men in an underground detention center echo through air shafts and sewer pipes. 'This is the place where Saddam made people disappear,' said an Iraqi soldier named Iyad Hussein, 37, describing Iraq's Military Intelligence Directorate in the northwestern suburb of Kadimiya. 'It is a chamber of death.'

"The secrets of Saddam Hussein's reign of terror are beginning to emerge. Iraqi civilians who had longed feared speaking out about the alleged atrocities for fear of government retribution are revealing in detail what the Iraqi dictator and his regime inflicted on some of the country's 26 million people.

"They paint a picture of arrests, killings and torture that have led human rights groups to condemn the Iraqi leader in the strongest terms. The groups have charged that tens of thousands of Iraqis, from Kurds in the north to Shiites in the south, were tortured and killed after Saddam seized power in 1979.... Only a few walked out of the jails alive.... 'I was beaten, refrigerated naked and put underground for one year because I was a Shiite and Saddam is a Sunni,' said Ali Kaddam Kardom, 37....

"Sunday, looters storming the Al-Salam Presidential Palace on the Tigris River marveled bitterly at Saddam's life of luxury as they passed shards of crystal from chandeliers and shattered mirrors. 'Look how he lived when we couldn't even get bread,' one man said....

"'Under Saddam, there were no rights of appeal,' Kardom said. 'I begged them to stop as they beat me. It only inspired them to beat me harder.'

"An Iraqi soldier, who according to the facility's records witnessed the beatings, said interrogators regularly used pliers to remove men's teeth, electric prods to shock men's genitals and drills to cut holes in their ankles.

"In one instance, the soldier recalled, he witnessed a Kuwaiti soldier, who had been captured during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, being forced to sit on a broken Pepsi bottle. The man was removed from the bottle only after it filled up with his blood, the soldier said. He said the man later died.

"'I have seen interrogators break the heads of men with baseball bats, pour salt into wounds and rape wives in front of their husbands,'" said former Iraqi soldier Ali Iyad Kareen, 41....

"[F]ormer prisoners and Iraqi soldiers said they heard screams of 'help' from men who were still there. Several soldiers who tried to enter the underground prison through a manhole said they found the area flooded and doors locked. Kanan Alwan, 41, who worked in the facility's administrative office, said the intelligence officers of the facility programmed the prison's computers, which control the water flow, so that the water level would exceed the height of the prison doors.

"'They are drowning in there, and there's nothing we can do for them,' Alwan said. 'The real criminals fled. But the innocents who probably did nothing wrong have been condemned to death.'

"It was impossible to confirm whether prisoners had been left to die underground. But family members of the suspected prisoners, Iraqi soldiers and local residents worked furiously Saturday in an effort to free the men. They tried to shut off the water, break down the doors with hammers and dig holes with shovels and sticks.

"By 10 a.m. Sunday, the screams had stopped. Many of the family members broke down and cried. Others fainted in despair. Some just walked away in anger.

"'Saddam may be gone, but his final act was to murder more of his own people,' Alwan said. 'Now I pray the murders will stop.'"

Yeah, life in Iraq now is much more dangerous than it was under Saddam. Do you suppose we could just turn the country back over to him and bring all our troops home?

Give me a break.

Malott said...

Great comments, Andrew. As always.

janice said...

You hit it out of the park Andrew, and it appears you silenced the enlightened one.