It's God swill.
Slater would say thank you, he says… a childishly peevish way of pointedly not saying thank you. Like a poorly raised child, he has no appreciation of the freedom to exercise one's conscience in the face of reality instead of smothering it in the fairy tales of activist collective imagination. "[I]f the occupation had not been going on, there would not have been a kidnapping"… Slater and his gang of stunted collaborators can speculate on their puppet-strings as long as they want, but the only incontrovertible reality is that there would not have been a kidnapping if the pacifist idiots hadn't been there in the first place. As far as the reporting by Jonathan Sher of the Free Press, what's with the "may" in "coalition troops who may have freed the hostages"? Glad to see he's earning his journalism badge by making sure the truth is as dubious as the value of his byline. In any case, really, the whole response by the Christian Peacemakers Teams is incredible.
His feelings are mixed, too, about coalition troops who may have freed the hostages.
Ed Rasimus sums it up with, as Billy Beck says, the right amount of snarkiness:
Update: "Pacifism either tempts us to make no judgements at all, or to give an undue preference to tyranny." — Reinhold Niebuhr, cited in Oliver Kamm's generously moderated dismissal of the CPT's belated and grudging mention of gratitude to the soldiers on their website.
So, let me see if I can interpret all of this. We’ve got a quartet of well-intentioned, incredibly sincere and arguably naïve fools that go to Iraq to gather information on how the Coalition forces are abusing folks. They wander around until, almost predictably, they get captured by a nice group of those folks which they are there to support. The nice folks then make cute videos of the four, surrounding them in well choreographed arrangements dressed in fashionable black masks and carrying an array of the finest in clandestine terrorist armaments.
I cannot but think that the moral compromises (I use the weakest and most generous term I can find) involved in this type of politicised pacifism have their counterpart in the response of the Christian Peacemakers to the rescue of their comrades. Servicemen took personal risks to free the pacifist captives; tardiness in expressing thanks has the mark of the dogmatist. That is a politer term than bigot, but in this case the difference is a matter only of degree.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Thursday, March 23, 2006