Again this morning irony rears its sometimes amusing head. Today we learn the "Christians" being held by terrorists in Iraq were rescued and their lives saved by American and British troops. I have blogged on this group in the past and on the death of the member killed last month, Tom Fox.
Northwest of Baghdad the three remaining hostages of the group Christian Peacemaker Teams were rescued by a Special Forces team of American and British soldiers. These teams have been put in place as rapid reactor teams able to respond immediately to intelligence gathered in the field. The rescuers got lucky, there were no guards present. No shots were fired.
Co-Director Doug Pritchard says, "We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq."
Their mission is to live among the families of detainees in Iraq and try to negotiate the release of the detainees. On their home page they have posted a statement on how badly treated the terrorists are when detained by coalition forces. They do not show gratitude for the soldiers risk taking to rescue the men but claim they were "released". Not rescued, but released. The very soldiers they openly and proudly work against are the ones who did the rescue.
The men have chosen to show Christian love and support to the terrorists and not to the soldiers working for a free Iraq.
The men have chosen to betray the soldiers in a war zone during a time of war.
The men call the war "illegal" publicly on foreign soil when the U.S. congress passed a call for regime change in Iraq in 1998. It was the policy of the United States long before this war began.
The men hide behind their religion to push their political agenda. Turns out it was the Special Forces soldiers who valued life, not the terrorists the men align themselves with.
The men are in the same ilk as those Baptist anti war protestors who crash military funerals.
"You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others." - Unknown