November 28, 2005
The Fruits of Anti-American Peace Activism: Kidnapping and Hostage Taking
Background on the hostage taking here.
What do Giuliana Sgrena and abducted 'humanitarian' worker Norman Kember (pictured right at a Hiroshima memorial) have in common?
Both went to Iraq to promote "peace".
Both decided to work for "peace" by documenting allegations of prisoner abuse and mass-murder by American forces in Fallujah.
Both thought it would be a good idea to meet with 'victims' of America and that their sympathies with the 'resistance' would make them immune.
Both ended up being taken hostage by the 'resistance'.
Our deepest sympathies are with Norman Kember and the American and two Canadians taken hostage with him. But, wasn't it a little foolish to believe your own rhetoric? The U.S. military is in Iraq to help the Iraqis. If civilians are killed or innocents detained by the U.S., these are regretful mistakes. Errors made in the fog of war.
But when the so-called insurgents kill civilians and take hostages--only to murder them later by proclaiming them guilty of violating Islamic law--they do this on purpose.
It is the policy of the United States of America and Great Britain to avoid civilian casualties when possible. It is the policy of al Qaeda and other mujahidin forces in Iraq to kill civilians, on purpose, when such civilians are deemed too eager to help rebuild that country.
For the peace activists of the Left, there is no distinction between an American soldier and an al Qaeda in Iraq suicide-bomber.
That distinction should be clear now to Norman Kember and the other victims of jihadi fanaticism in Iraq.
We pray for their safe return.