December 5, 2005
By the time this airs, the peace activists kidnapped by terrorists in Iraq may be dead. I hope not, but given recent history, that is a distinct possibility.
The four – two Canadian, an American and a Briton – are members of Christian peacemaker teams. The terrorists have accused them of being spies for the occupying forces and their picture has been shown on Al-Jazeera.
Two points about this. I hope it exposes the naiveté of people who think evil can be accommodated. In fact, it must be eradicated. And second, the kidnappers must surely know they will get nothing – nothing – in return. There will be no prisoners released, no troops withdrawn, no money paid. To do so would only encourage more kidnappings.
Let’s hope that if these peaceniks manage to talk their way out, they will realize the kind of people they are dealing with and come to their senses.
All of this is a run-up to the December 15 national election that will give Iraq a full-elected government and allow the United States to say its immediate goals have been achieved.