Well, well... here's an interesting little tidbit that popped up in the news yesterday. Seems Good Morning America was able to get an interview with Sheikh Sattam al-Gaaod at his summer home in Jordan. In the interview the Sheikh claims he was behind the release of Jill Carroll. How'd he manage that? Well.... the Sheikh is a supporter of the Iraqi resistance. He told GMA...
"They are defending their country," he said in an interview at his summer house outside Amman, Jordan. "They are an honest resistance. And sometimes they do mistakes."
One mistake, he said, was kidnapping Carroll. Al-Gaaod said he used his influence to help free her, even refusing kidnappers' demands for a huge ransom.
"There was a demand for $8 million," al-Gaaod said. Instead, at the kidnappers' request, he said he agreed to arrange payment to widows and orphans.
"We did good donations," he said. "I don't want it to go into the wrong hands, the money." And al-Gaaod claimed he could ensure the money, where he intended it to go, "because I know names."
Just in case your anger thermometer is not yet red-lining, the Sheikh said attacks against the US military are JUSTIFIABLE because Americans are OCCUPIERS.
Now I don't want to be accused of treating Jill Carroll with anything other than reverence as demanded by many "leaders" of the blogosphere but this thing stinks more than a dead skunk in the middle of the road! Why does he consider the kidnapping of Jill an "honest mistake"? Since he "rewarded" this group in a backhanded way, does that mean the bounty for hostages is a donation to the Widows and Orphans Fund?
So Jill is safe, our soldiers are being attacked, widows and orphans of insurgents (I know he did not specify that but since "he knows names") hit the lotto and the Sheikh is basking in the sun at his summer home in Jordan. WHAT THE HELL is wrong with this picture? And can someone please tell me why the American enemedia can get to this guy for an interview but this resistance (aka terrorist) supporter is still breathing??