Update on Un Ponte Per Baghdad Kidnapping
From Free Our Friends:
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Speculation about kidnappers
Deputy Iraqi Foreign Minister Hamid al-Bayati, said during a visit to Italy: "From the information at our disposal, they were kidnapped by criminal organisations that could have sold them to members of al-Zarqawi's group," (Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a Jordanian member of al Qaeda). Bayati also said he had received information that they have been transferred to Falluja.
Meanwhile Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill speculated that foreign intelligence services might be involved, aiming to discredit the Iraqi resistance and scare away foreign peace activists. They base their argument on comments by Sheikh al-Kubaisi, on the peculiar style of the kidnapping and by asking who might benefit from this situation.
However there does not seem to be any hard facts about the identity of the kidnappers, which makes it difficult to know what to do to work for our friends freedom. All we can do is continue to pray and gather support from the whole world, hoping that whoever the kidnappers are they may be swayed by this and show mercy to four people who are loved so dearly and have given so much of themselves to help Iraq.
Also, here's the story in full.
Personally, I don't think things add up still with regard to this specific kidnapping. I think hard facts are witnesses. And there are several witnesses to what happened at the Un Ponte office. Most importantly, I, too, hope mercy is shown to the four that so many people are so fond of both inside and outside of Iraq & all other people that are in danger because of being kidnapped.
Update: I just vented on the comment section and corrected/clarified my view here. I should have disclaimed the fact that I am appalled at all kidnappings inside Iraq before frothing at the mouth because I am so appalled by this specific one. See comment for details of my opinion on the matter. It's all very sad, really.