The Wolves In Sheep's Clothing
It isn't that often you come across a journalist who can get to the heart of the matter in very few words. No equivocating, no politically correct b.s. and no mincing words. And while there will undoubtedly be a good deal of ink devoted to the kidnapping of the anti-war activists in Iraq, because their lives are in danger, not too many in the mainstream media are going to be willing to tackle the issue of what these activists really stand for. It's probably a bit like speaking ill of the dead, but some of these people are fellow travellers of those terrorist enablers who've served as human shields for the likes of Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat. And they're also the same people who made every effort to mislead the world into thinking it was the sanctions that had been the cause of all the misery and death in Iraq. Yet, even now, I doubt a single one of them has had the decency to admit they were mistaken even after it became evident that Saddam had used the oil for food program as his personal piggy bank, or that he swelled the ranks of his very public baby funerals by coercing parents, who may have lost infants for any reason, to preserve the bodies in their freezers to later be trotted out en masse to show how the sanctions were killing thousands of Iraqi babies on a regular basis. Not only that, but one of these so-called peace activists has already spent time in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and you can put money on the fact that he wasn't there volunteering to help build the security fence.
So, here's New York Post columnist Arnold Ahlert's take on them...and, as usual, he's right on target.
New York Post
December 1, 2005
The Christian Peace-Maker Team's website says its "violence reduction" project in Iraq "accompanied the Iraqi people through the U.S.-led 2003 war and continued during the post-war occupation to expose abusive acts by U.S. Armed Forces and support Iraqis committed to nonviolent resistance." Four members of the group are now being held hostage in Baghdad -- and the group blames President Bush and Britain's Tony Blair.
OK, anyone held hostage by terrorist thugs deserves sympathy -- even those willfully blind to ongoing terrorist atrocities.
But it's hard to ignore the gross miscalculation that grips such nonviolent, anti-war delusionists -- who believe that the beheaders, bombers and baby-killers can be "assuaged" into giving up their violence.
This is hubris disguised as humanitarianism -- for, without the freedom provided to much of the world by American blood and treasure, their "mission of peace" becomes Mission Impossible.
Frankly, it's difficult to imagine how, after 9/11, anyone can still be delusional about these issues. Perhaps I'd even have a modicum of respect for their activism if they had spoken out nearly as vociferously when Saddam was shoving human beings into giant shredders...or gassing the Kurds...or murdering his political opponents. But, characteristically, their silence was deafening.