March 23, 2009
Video: Taliban Threaten to Behead Pro-Taliban Canadian "Journalist"
We've been following the story of Beverly Giesbrecht (aka, Khadija Abdul Qahar) fairly closely for years now. As the owner and operator of the "Jihad Unspun" website, she wrote countless stories about how US and Canadian troops were the "real terrorists" and how the Taliban were simply anti-imperialist freedom fighters -- the "resistance" as she liked to call them.
I actually knew Beverly was on her way to Pakistan as she and I crossed paths at some Islamist forums. She was at the forums looking for video and trying to hook up with "resistance fighters" who could help her and Phil Rees -- who she claimed to be working with --- on their "documentary" about "Islamic resistance". A "documentary" she claimed would show the "resistance" point of view.
So, if Beverly really was kidnapped by the Taliban and if she is about to be beheaded, how come nothing happened to Phil Rees? Presumably the Taliban would be more interested in killing an infidel who is sympathetic to their cause before they would want to kill a sister who is sympathetic to their cause?
Let me say publicly what every one I know is saying privately: are you really being held hostage Beverly or is this some elaborate scam to raise money for the Taliban (or for yourself and your failing website)?
Yes, I am skeptical. What would the Taliban have to gain from beheading a woman who is on the record as a supporter? Jihad Unspun used to deliver Taliban press releases unedited.
The whole thing seems rather fishy.
Of course, there remains the possibility that this is exactly what this seems. That the Taliban really are holding Beverly hostage and that they really are going to behead her if a ransom isn't paid. If that is the case, then I really do feel sorry for "Khadija". Even fools deserve our pity sometimes.
Yes Beverly, the Taliban really were the bad guys all along. A hard lesson learned, and possibly too late on your part.
Below is a news report featuring a segment of the Beverly Giesbrecht hostage video.
A Canadian held hostage after she travelled to the lawless tribal belt of northern Pakistan says the Taliban will behead her by the end of the month if a ransom isn't paid...Related:
I have been advised and asked to make this video. We have very short time now and I am going to be killed, as you can see, she says, gesturing at the dagger on the wall behind her, pointed at her head.
I am going to be beheaded just like the Polish engineer, probably by the end of the month. The deadline is by the end of March, and that's basically, I don't know, 18 days or 16 days, she says, closing her eyes.
I'm not quite sure how long that is but the time is very short and my life is going to end, she adds in a choked voice.
In the short video, Ms. Giesbrecht, 52, wearing a head scarf and sitting on a wooden chair, says that she is being held by the Taliban near the Afghan border, either Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Taliban Wants $375,000 For Kidnapped Canadian Taliban Supporter
Karma: Canadian Taliban Supporter Kidnappped, Presumably by Taliban
Bye, bye Jihad Unspun
Canadian Jihad Website shuts down
Openly pro-jihad website not "hate speech"