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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, November 30, 2005


4 peace activists get kidnapped by terrorists in Iraq, and the peace organization blames the kidnapping on the coalition forces. Al-Jazeera broadcast video Tuesday of four Western peace activists held hostage by a previously unknown group, part of a new wave of kidnappings police fear is aimed at disrupting next month's elections. The news station said the four were seized by the Swords of Righteousness Brigade, which claimed they were spies working under the cover of Christian peace activists. The captives_ an American, a Briton and two Canadians — were members of the Chicago-based aid group Christian Peacemaker Teams. The footage showed Norman Kember, a retired British professor with a shock of white hair, sitting on the floor with three other men. The camera revealed the 74-year-old Kember's passport, but the other hostages were not identified. A 74 year old US spy. The agency must be really lacking new recruits. But Christian Peacemaker Teams confirmed the others were Tom Fox, 54, of Clearbrook, Va.; James Loney, 41, of Toronto; and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, a Canadian electrical engineer. They had been missing since Saturday. The Chgristian peacemaker teams is of course angry at the people responsible for the kidnapping of their people, who are not the terrorists who kidnapped them and are threatening to kill them mind you, but the US occupation. In a statement, Christian Peacemaker Teams said it strongly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and blamed the kidnapping on coalition forces. "We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. government due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people," the group said. Typical..


At 11/30/2005 12:46:00 AM, Blogger Kat said...

I never get that logic since, ipso facto, these morons would not have been there to do "good works" and get kidnapped if not for the invasion, so, why in the hell did they go in the middle of a war zone?


Okay, I found this interesting re: your ealrier post about ASU and the little SG president from Saudi Arabia:


In October 2004 Alamoodi gave an interview to the New Times, a Phoenix alternative weekly. It seems that with a presidential debate coming to town, the FBI had visited Alamoodi to conduct some prophylactic questioning, which gave rise to this exchange in the New Times interview:

NT: If they do come back, just ask them to take you out to dinner that night. You'll have the perfect alibi: "I couldn't have bombed the presidential debates; I was out to dinner with the FBI."

Alamoodi: I'm all dangerous now. Man, I haven't gotten laid so much in my life as I did after 9/11.

NT: So all at once you were hot with white chicks after September 11?

Alamoodi: Girls always confuse sympathy with sex. And guys are always up for it. And I'm not gonna say no.

Just wondering what rules of conduct we will be enforcing and for whom.

At 11/30/2005 01:05:00 AM, Blogger Kat said...

I was just reading the rest of the article and I noticed that this guy Almoodi is a moron.

The FBI was tasked with verifying every student here on a student visa was actually attending college (ie, surprisingly, trying to do what it is tasked to do since some other morons used the cover to commit terrorist acts) and he gets all bent out of shape about being interviewed.

What's funny about these things is that people some how think they are being singled out. Another blogger's wife, who is ex military, was taking a friend around for a tour of DC, the friend took a picture of a tunnel and the next thing you know, the FBI was knocking on her door and verifying who she was. By the way, she's white, 50 something with red hair.

Think she was profiled? LOL

I'm just happily surprised we have enough guys to actually go do this.

The only good point he had was that the questions were like those stupid questions they used to ask you at the air port about whether you packed your own bags or accepted anything from strangers. Like, duh, is a terrorist going to say "no" and "yes"?

but, the kid is awful cocky. Wait until he has to do the real world after university. oy ve!

At 11/30/2005 05:00:00 AM, Blogger Melanie said...

I went to the web site of the Christian Peacemaker Teams and the only place they run projects outside of America is Israel/Palestinian territories and Iraq. In other words they are not really interested in human suffering but more interested in supporting those that oppose Western Democracy. Call me insensitive but I really don't care too much for people that call themselves pacifist yet support terrorist groups - which they do.

BTW - what happened to the Sandmonkey Competition. Did you pick a winner?

At 11/30/2005 06:58:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

It's so hard to chose a winner. I think I am gonna put the top 5 comments and demand a vote on it.

At 11/30/2005 08:46:00 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Even Nick Berg's family blamed he US for his death. There's no way to communicate with people like this. I suspected it was going to play like this as soon as I saw the "Christian Peace-Activists" caption, yesterday.

Oh well. I hope it ends well for them anyway. Nobody deserves to be murdered by terrorists.

At 11/30/2005 01:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

smart. if you are negotiating for the release of your aid workers, suck up to the ones that hold them. whether or not you are really anti-coalition, words to that effect (and probably a boat load of cash) could help get them freed


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