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March 30, 2006
Another Perspective

Just to round out the discussions on the topic, here's another perspective on those "brave" activists, peace or Christian, depending upon what publication you read, taken hostage in Iraq.

Paying for the Rescue of Western Martyrs

Lost amid the drama of the Christian Peacemaker Team hostage taking and rescue in Iraq are two sub-plots of some import. One is psychological and the other is legal and fiscal.

On the psychological front is the mental disposition of the Christian Peacemaker hostages themselves. Although they are to be admired for the courage of their convictions and the fact that they actually engage in direct action rather than just talk, the CPT workers held captive in Iraq display traits remarkably akin to those of Islamic jihadists and Iraqi resistance fighters: self sacrifice for an ideological belief. This is not inherently bad. The CPT may well see themselves as helpers and facilitators for peace, but in going to Iraq against all reasoned advice, in the middle of a combined war of resistance against occupation and sectarian strife between primordial interests, they virtually assured themselves a brush with death. This is known as the martyr complex, although to be fair, perhaps these men were unwittingly exhibiting it.

This may be due to the fact that the activists involved, including a New Zealand resident Canadian, had previously undertaken missions in Palestine in opposition to the Israeli occupation. Perhaps they thought that Baghdad would be equivalent and the risk would be the same. They were wrong.

I don't suppose anyone who has been relying upon the reports in the MSM to keep them fully informed of the situation in Iraq really

In most countries such as New Zealand, individuals who ignore official expert advice and engage in risky ventures that require their being saved are required to pay the costs of the rescue operation. Perhaps it is time to do the same in situations like this.

If so, governments might sue for the costs of the operation. Legislation could be passed the requires reimbursement for rescue or ransom for those who get in trouble while conducting unsanctioned activities in conflict zones with travel advisories in place.

That sounds fair.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:07 PM


Yeah, but all they have to do in their own defense is claim that they were relying on Bush Administration evaluations of the situation, and therefore believed it to be safe and improving daily!

Posted by: Ahistoricality at March 30, 2006 11:45 PM

Criminal stupidity being its own reward....

Posted by: Anne at March 31, 2006 12:42 PM