Thursday, March 23, 2006

Malkin Attacks the Christian Peacemakers Teams

It didn't take long for right-wingers heads to collectively explode today following the news that the remaining Christian Peacemakers Teams hostages had found their freedom in Iraq.

The ever abrasive Michelle Malkin screams out with this bold headline: TALK ABOUT UNGRATEFUL. That is her reaction to the Christian Peacemakers Teams press release in response to the news that their colleagues were safe. Malkin has posted e-mails from some of her readers of letters they've fired off to CPT blasting the organization for not thanking the troops that rescued the hostages. Malkin writes:

Our troops teamed with British forces to rescue three left-wing, anti-war activists kidnapped by terrorists in Iraq. Those freed were Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32; and Briton Norman Kember, 74. The men, who were members of the Chicago-based Christian Peacemaker Teams, were kidnapped on Nov. 26 along with their American colleague, Tom Fox, 54, whose body was found earlier this month.

Reader Jen M. took at look at the Christian Peacemaker Teams website for the group's statement on the rescue and she e-mailed me her observations:

"Not once do they thank or even reference the fact that a Special Forces team rescued these guys. In fact, the only reference to military at all is blaming them for the kidnapping in the first place. Nice!

Also on their home page is a long statement about how terribly treated terrorists are when detained by evil soldiers."

Now, let's put aside the fact that Malkin copied that AP article almost verbatim and that the AP article does not mention the involvement of Canadian troops as well. The fact that Malkin attempts to malign these hostages with the phrase "left-wing, anti-war activists" and then accuses their organization of being "ungrateful" is an absolutely pathetic attempt by her and those she quotes on her site to attack people who have just suffered through 4 months of captivity at the hands of the enemy and all of those who truly care about them.

The venom is just beyond the pale:

Many readers note that the CPT statement refers to the hostages' "release" instead of their rescue. Reader Matt L. writes to CPT:

Congratulations on the safe return of your activists. I'm sorry they did not all make it home safely. I read your press release relating the "release" of the activists; please note that they were not released, they were rescued. The term release implies that their captors let them go. You know that is not true, they were rescued by a team of American and British soldiers who risked their lives to free people whom apparently have no gratitude for their actions. It is one thing to be against war and the actions of our military (I'm not justifying that position, just acknowledging your right to it), but another to deny when they SAVED YOUR ASS!!!! Are you so insecure in your position that you think even acknowledging your people were rescued, not "released" would undermine your whole message that the military serves no useful purpose?
God bless you, and I hope you quit sending your hippies to WAR regions risking not only their lives but the lives of the soldiers who end up having to secure their "release" by RESCUING them.

THAT is how malicious right-wingers have attacked the Christian Peacemakers Teams on this, the day their colleagues have been freed as they still mourn the loss of the one who was murdered - Tom Fox. They'd rather go after semantics than join with the rest of the reality-based world in celebrating the fact that these ex-hostages will now be free to live their lives once again.

These are the same right-wingers who constantly berate the media for the supposed lack of Good News(TM) stories from Iraq. Then, when they finally get a major headline that plays to their bias, they still have to go after the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy(TM) for pissing in their Corn Flakes(TM).

What the hell is wrong with these people?

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