April 29, 2008

CBS Reporter: Iraqi Terrorists Nicer than American GI's!

richard_butler_kidnapped_CBS.jpgRichard Butler, a CBS reporter held hostage by Shia militiamen in Iraq, recounts his story. He tells of the horror of being sealed into a wall by his captors, being bound and blindfolded for months, being fed only one tangerine and four hardboiled eggs in 12 days, and yet he still says his treatment by these subhuman scumbags was better than that received by prisoners held at Guantanamo.

And we wonder why media reports are so hostile to the U.S. when douchebags like this are the main source of information? Does he actually believe this or is his hatred for America so deep that he's willing to lie?


Men wearing police fatigue uniforms and armed with AK-47's hustled him out of the room and into a car. He was first taken to a police station in Basra and then was held in different places including three nights where he was sealed into a small room between two walls, he said....

He said he tried not to be belligerent and make a human connection with his captors.

"Straight away you assess the situation," he said. "I am standing there, in front of these eight guys with AK-47s, and I am in a pair of underpants and a T-shirt. The odds are not in my favor. so there is no point in trying to do anything heroic or stupid."

While he was held, he heard a lot of Hezbollah propaganda video and Hezbollah ringtones on mobile phones, but he can't be sure his captors were affiliated with the organization.

As time went on, his captors treated him better, but he was still held with a sack over his head and arm restraints. He eventually got the sense that his captors didn't intend to kill him, and had backed themselves into a corner...

Butler said he felt it was better to be kidnapped in Iraq then taken into custody by Americans in Afghanistan.

"I was pleased I wasn't being mortarboarded in Guantanamo or being held for six and a half years like an Al-Jazeera cameraman, for instance," he said.

Butler said he lost about 42 pounds and during the last 12 days of his captivity, ate one tangerine and four boiled eggs.

I'm glad that he's no longer being held hostage, but how about a little perspective and gratitude?

Shia terrorists in the same area murdered 6 other civilian hostages: Jonathon M. Cote, John Young, Ronald Withrow, Josh Munns, Paul Reuben, and Bert Nussbaumer. The name of that group also indicates that they were Hizbollah sympathizers.

He's lucky he wasn't one of them. They were first brutally beaten before being murdered. Better off than Guantanamo prisoners?

Five other British civilians were taken from the Basra area are still being held hostage by Shia terrorists. Some reports indicate that they have been taken over the border and into Iran. But I'm sure they're better off than prisoners at Guantanamo.

Thanks to Matt.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:40 AM | Comments |