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Saturday, March 25, 2006

CPT Hostages - Christmas Cake and Medications

Here's some more info about the 3 peacenik hostages that were rescued by the Military last week. Seems like they were treated pretty good....

From Comcast News..."Peggy Gish, a Christian Peacekeeping Team member in Baghdad, said Kember and the two Canadians did not appear to have been tortured or abused. Most of the time, the captives were not tied up, and the captors _ a little-known Iraqi radical group _ provided Kember with medication for high blood pressure and an aneurysm. Gish said the captors tied up the hostages, then fled before the multinational forces arrived."

From the CPT Website... "The team found the men to be well, alert and in good spirits. The men asked many questions about their families, friends and colleagues at home and in Iraq. They have also begun to tell some parts of the story of their captivity – of efforts to stay physically fit, of periodic separations and reunions, of receiving a Christmas cake."

I guess that "adopt a detainee" program influenced the kidnappers' treatment of the "hostages". Imagine that - cake, medications, not tied up... If they were not tied up, why didn't they try to escape.

Here's a mention about the LACK of evidence of torture on Tom Fox's body straight from the CPT website...

"Two CPTers, Rev. Carol Rose and Rich Meyer, viewed Tom's body and did not see signs of torture. We also have reports from two additional independent sources who examined the body more thoroughly. They also did not find evidence of torture."

Former "hostage" Kember offered this backhanded thank you to his rescuers. Note that at least he calls it a RESCUE.

"I do not believe that a lasting peace is achieved by armed force, but I pay tribute to their courage and thank those who played a part in my rescue," Kember said in a statement he read to journalists while smiling and holding his wife's hand.

But he cannot stop his anti-military rhetoric.

"Kember declined to answer questions about his ordeal and said the world's focus should be on the needs of the Iraqi people. "There's a real sense in which you are interviewing the wrong person. It's the ordinary people of Iraq you should be talking to, the people who have suffered so much over many years and still await the stable and just society they deserve."

Funny that he declines to blame the Saddam Hussein regime for the years of suffering and death...

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