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Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Canadian Hostages In Iraq Identified
An exclusive by blogger Rusty Shackleford of The Jawa Report;
A hostage video has been released of the four Western peace activists taken hostage in Iraq. The Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video. Images from the video and links to video posted below. The video shows American Thomas Fox of Clear Brook Virginia, Canadian Harmeet Singh Sooden, who resides in Auckland, New Zealand, British citizen Norman Kember, and some one who appears to identify himself as James Loni (last name unclear) of Canada.
Previously only Norman Kember had been identified. The Christian Peacemaker Teams organization has confirmed to The Jawa Report in the e-mail that the four hostages were working for that group.
The copy of the video I have makes no ransom demands, although a voice can be heard directing the hostages in the background.
He also has a transcript of the video, and photos.
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One of the first fiscal tactics of the criminal population in a society in transition, is hostage taking for ransom.
When the communists withdrew from Central America, the 'rebels' in those countries lost their income. Instead of turning to the legal economy, they remained illegal but moved to a different economic mode- drugs and hostage taking.
This is the same thing in Iraq. These people are in it for the money; I presume that they were previously employees of the Saddam regime, to do his dirty work and are now carrying on the same actions, and getting their funds from ransoms rather than the UN-->Hussein-->them.
Posted by: ET | 2005-11-29 2:44:50 PM
Give the PM credit. He has not called the hostage-taking "unacceptable".
Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-11-29 8:03:17 PM
They don't have a chance. Ask Kazemi, Arar, Sampson and Kadr - Canada is almost useless when rescuing those held overseas. The obvious difference is that these people are being held by terrorists and not a government, which makes it even less likely they will be released. I hope this will sink Martin even lower in the election.
Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-29 8:27:30 PM
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