Germany, our great ally in the war on terror

Thank you to John for this opportunity to guest-blog on his page. John was one of the first to pay any notice to my blog and I’ve always appreciated his support as well as his own “Right Wing’ take on the news.

Davids Medienkritik, who blogs about the German press, links to this interview on Al Jazeera with Susanne Osthoff, the German archaeologist who was kidnapped in Iraq and recently freed. Apparently, her kidnappers were just a bunch of swell guys.

Speaking to the Al-Jazeera satellite channel, Susanne Osthoff said her captors told her not to be afraid as her kidnapping was “politically motivated”.

“Do not be afraid. We do not harm women or children and you are a Muslim,” she quoted them as saying. “I was so happy to know that I had not fallen into the hands of criminals.”

Osthoff, a Muslim convert and Arabic speaker, said her captors demanded German humanitarian aid for Iraq’s Sunni Arabs and stated clearly that they did not want a ransom.

They were just interested in humanitarian aid. Apparently, kidnapping westerners is the best way to go about it. And, according to Ms. Osthoff, we really shouldn’t blame these good-hearted kidnappers for kidnapping her. It was really as David says, another evil trick by “Bush&Rumsfeld Inc.” See, these humanitarians wanted to kidnap Americans, but couldn’t.

She described her captors as “poor people” and said that she “cannot blame them for kidnapping her, as they cannot enter [Baghdad’s heavily fortified] Green Zone to kidnap Americans.”

See, if we were truly interested in helping all Iraqis, we would make our people more accessible for kidnapping so that they wouldn’t have to inconvenience correct-thinking women like Susanne Osthoff.

Meanwhile, the German government strenously denies that there was any connection between their releasing a terrorist who killed an American and the release of Ms. Osthoff.

Hammadi, now in his late 30s, was captured in 1987 and given a life sentence in two years later. He still has many years ahead of him and is expected to rejoin his terrorist comrades thanks to the German government who believe serving 19 years is just punishment for killing a young American during the hijacking of a commercial plane.

Yup, Germany continues to be a such a notable partner in the war on terror. They won’t extradite Hammadi to the United States because we have capital punishment and they think that a life sentence is sufficient punishment. And who cares if life doesn’t really mean life in Germany. Nineteen years is close enough.

David has a thought as to how we can tell if more Germans will be kidnapped in Iraq.

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