Thursday, December 01, 2005

Christian Peacemaker Teams' Stockholm syndrome 

It turns out that one of the peace activists who is being held hostage by a Sunni group in Iraq, Harmeet Singh Sooden, while a Canadian citizen, has been resident in New Zealand for over two years and a student at Auckland University (link here).

I hope that the hostages are healthy, and will be returned unharmed, soon.

The group to which the hostages belong, "Christian Peacemaker Teams" has released a statement expressing there anger at... the US and UK governments (did you think I would say the terrorists?) (link here):

We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the
actions of the US and UK governments due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people.

This is astonishingly bone-headed, even by the standards of peace activists. Even if the coalition is responsible for the anarchic situation in Iraq (which is highly debatable), treating the terrorists as automatons who have no choice in their decision to abduct and murder their compatriots and foreigners who have come to help (or at least with the intention of helping), is racism of the most crude form.

I am also sick of the "occupation and oppression" trope. This is ridiculous. Coalition forces removed a dictator who was responsible for over a million deaths. They are trying to bring order in the face of murderous ideologues who couldn't care less (nay, are happy) over murdering innocents.

What is it with lefties sympathising with the same people who point guns to their heads and beat them up?

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