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Regarding the Four members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Iraq Recently Kidnapped - Dahr Jamail Dispatch
29 Nov 2005
** Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches **
** Visit the Dahr Jamail Iraq website http://dahrjamailiraq.com **
** Website by http://jeffpflueger.com **


November 29, 2005




Four members of the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT)
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in Baghdad have been abducted and taken hostage recently. This event is
horribly dismaying for me, as I’ve known embers of CPT since before I
ever ventured to Iraq.
Tom_Fox_with_Children.jpg
(CPT Worker Tom Fox, recently kidnapped)

Back in November of 2003, while sitting in Amman, Jordan waiting to go
into Iraq, I met a member of CPT who had been working in Palestine. He
told me he was walking with Palestinian children as they went to school,
in order to prevent them from being attacked by Israeli settlers.

Later I would learn that this same individual had returned to Palestine
and was beaten so severely by Israeli settlers that he was hospitalized
for several weeks.

Last Thanksgiving, November 24, 2004 I shared a meal with members of
their team in Baghdad, along with several of our Iraqi friends. We gave
thanks together for being in Baghdad in solidarity with our Iraqi
brothers and sisters. All of us – the CPT members and myself -- were
then and remain fully committed to getting out the truth about the
illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq.

On the website of CPT is a quote of scriptural reference which reads,
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s
friends.”

This is what the members of CPT do in Baghdad. I’ve seen them do this
first-hand. They graciously opened their files of documents to me when I
was working on stories about Iraqis who have been in US military
detention centers inside Iraq. They have worked extensively on fighting
for the rights of Iraqi detainees and supporting their families. The
team documents home raids conducted by the US military, and have worked
to assist internally displaced people (refugees) inside of Iraq who are
left homeless by heavy-handed US military operations such as those in
Fallujah and Al-Qa’im.

In addition, CPT has been instrumental in bringing media attention to
villages and towns in Iraq which have suffered collective punishment by
the US military.

Each of the members of CPT in Iraq I have met are committed to
non-violence and being a truthful witness to the ravages of war and
occupation. They have been accused by their captors of being spies or
missionaries. This is simply not the case. If there is any group
operating in Iraq today who works tirelessly to end the suffering of
Iraqis, it is CPT.

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The following are pictures of the CPT volunteers recently kidnapped: Harmeet Singh Sooden, James Loney, Norman_Kember,
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Re: Regarding the Four members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Iraq Recently Kidnapped
30 Nov 2005
While the U.S. media is mum on the subject, I'd like to know what you all think about the possibility that the CPT team was kidnapped by the "good guys" in Iraq, rather than Sunni/Al Qaeda militants. I don't know anything that suggests that they were, of course. But doesn't it seem like many of the journalists and activists sympathetic to Iraqi independence, opposed to U.S. occupation, are the ones that go missing and/or are hit by "terrorists"? With the chaos in Iraq, who can even say what side is doing what? What say you, Dahr Jamail? Am I totally off base?
Precedent: I guess I'm thinking of the kidnapping of Leftist politician Aldo Moro in Italy in the 70s by the Red Brigade, which seems to have had the unofficial blessing of the Italian state, because it eliminated a threat to Rightwing hegemony (Moro) and slandered the Left. See the Italian Situationist Gianfranco Sanguinetti's speculative essay "On Terrorism and the State" at notbored.org.