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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Kidnapped Christian peace activist found dead in Iraq

This is very sad: The body of the only American among four Christian peace activists kidnapped late last year was found in west Baghdad with gunshots to his head and chest, Iraqi police said Saturday.

Tom Fox, 54, from Clear Brook, Va., was the fifth American hostage killed in Iraq. There was no immediate word on his fellow hostages, a Briton and two Canadians.

The U.S. command in Baghdad confirmed that Fox's body was picked up by American forces on Thursday evening, although it provided no information on the condition.

An Iraqi police patrol was also at the scene, said Falah al-Mohammedawi, an official with the Interior Ministry, which oversees police.

He said Fox was found with his hands tied and gunshot wounds to his head and chest. There were cuts on his body and bruises on his head, al-Mohammedawi said.

This is even sadder:

Christian Peacemaker co-directors Doug Pritchard and Carol Rose said in a statement, "In response to Tom's passing, we ask that everyone set aside inclinations to vilify or demonize others, no matter what they have done." So, the people who killed this man unarmed peace activist aren't villians or evil and we shouldn't call them that would be demonizing them. We shouldn't judge the killers of un-armed peace activists, people. That would be wrong. Hmm... Ok! That makes sense! Sigh....

14 Comments:

At 3/11/2006 04:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awful as it is - and kidnapping then murdering innocent civilians most definitely does deserve vilification and outrage ...

Why do these poor deranged souls (un-armed peace activists) volutarily deliver themselves directly into the hands of the very people who will then convert them straight into propaganda material for furthering the cause of violence?

I cannot honestly see what good these potentially well-intentioned folk could do ... and their potential for harm is manifest.

Protest, investigative journalism and so forth are necessary and excellent and many brave souls are regularly engaged upon it - but they balance the risks with the benefits.

 
At 3/11/2006 06:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I must have missed something here while trying to have a bit of light humor elsewhere. Where and when did people start thinking it was intelligent to deliberately and willingly go into a situation in a foreign country where someone was 99% likely to kill you. Given that these people are supposed to be Christian I can only think that committing suicide in the name of Jesus must be worth a lot more brownie points in the hereafter than killing for Allah. The people who did this(murder)will hopefully get what they deserve but I cannot muster too much sympathy for the victim, this was errant stupidity and the outcome was always going to be this. BW48

 
At 3/11/2006 07:59:00 AM, Blogger Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

BW:
I am an atheist, not a Christian, but these people at least understand the meaning of the word 'martyr.' It does NOT mean 'blowing yourself up, and any innocent people within the blast radius.'

It DOES mean standing up for you ideas and what you believe is the truth in the face of those who deny it, even at the risk of your own death. It means believing those ideas, that truth, is more important than your own life.

And maybe because I am almost 60 (3 more months to go) and grew up when names like Viola Liuzzo, Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman, and Martin Luther King were in the news, I regret the 'culture of selfishness' (and usually I HATE catch-phrases like that) that has made things like that less understandable.

But then, it's always been either a religious or a liberal thing to do things like that, and at one time those words weren't seen in conflict with each other.

 
At 3/11/2006 09:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone that has ever been there, knows that there is no such thing as neutrality on a battlefield - and Baghdad is one. Protagonists all try to make you partisan (who can blame them) and inevitably you'll find (like some have) that you're embroiled in rocket launchers getting into an ambulance or some such.

Strive tirelessly for peace but when the flak is up, you can't do it where the killing is happening - it's already too late for that.

Nobody says don't be religious or liberal, just don't make things worse than they are.

 
At 3/11/2006 12:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know enough about Tom Fox's resons for going there in the first place to judge his resons for going to Irak and I think that calling him an idiot for doing so is, well, a bit harsh. As for the statement made by his organisation; they are christians, for peace, so asking people not to demonize "others" (and I'm guessing they are talking of muslims in general here) is part of their faith.
K from Oslo

 
At 3/11/2006 02:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ishaq:208 “When Allah gave permission to his Apostle to fight, the second Aqaba contained conditions involving war which were not in the first act of submission. Now we bound themselves to war against all mankind for Allah and His Apostle. He promised us a reward in Paradise for faithful service. We pledged ourselves to war in complete obedience to Muhammad no matter how evil the circumstances.”
WAR

 
At 3/11/2006 05:21:00 PM, Blogger D.C. said...

For God sake!

These monsters took an innocent man's life for their own pleasure and twisted fantasies and we are asked to hold back on anger?

What in the world do they think? Can't they put the moral superiority attitude a side for a sec and think of the consequences of turning the other cheeks with killers?

Bless Tom Fox's soul, bless his loved ones. It is a tragedy for all of us.
He was killed because of his nationality, just like Jews get killed. He was a pawn so they could make a sick point.

May the dangerously blinded peace activists wake up! God help them.

 
At 3/11/2006 07:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prup & DC, I understand what you are saying and in some ways agree with it although only to a small degree. 9.51am is also correct and herein lies the problem. martyrdom is not a blanket that people should wrap around those who have travelled half way around the world to a war zone when they know what the other side will do. I am not decrying their faith or conviction but I am strongly of the opinion that this was folly at the least and suicide at worst. Martin Luther King Jnr fought for the rights of people in his own country and although I have little doubt that he knew what the eventual outcome might be he never faltered and he is a martyr. I see this as a totally different situation to Iraq and it's truly sad that this has happened. I don't know which saddens me more, Tom Fox' murder by these scum or my belief that they should NEVER have been allowed there in the first place because of the inevitability of it all. BW48

 
At 3/12/2006 06:44:00 AM, Anonymous Don Cox said...

"These monsters took an innocent man's life for their own pleasure and twisted fantasies and we are asked to hold back on anger?"____That is what Jesus taught. You don't have to agree with him, but people who make a point of being Christians should. The teachings of Jesus, so far as we can tell what they were, seem to be very different from those of Mohammed, which are more based on the Old Testament prophets. (I wonder how many Muslims read the Bible or even parts of it?)

 
At 3/12/2006 08:13:00 AM, Blogger Steven said...

Once again:
S.i.c.k.

 
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At 3/12/2006 08:49:00 PM, Blogger Emory said...

To understand the lack of demonization, from the friends and family of the victim, you should understand that this man was a Quaker.

I find no sound argument for them to excange 300 years of peaceful existence, and join the clamor for War, death, misery and destruction. We all know how to kill and destroy. What the Quakers bring is a different thought.

 
At 3/13/2006 03:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, that sort of explains a bit of it. The Society of Friends would never call for harm or ill thoughts to those who murdered Tom Fox. I maintain my earlier point of view of the overall situation however and I must repeat a question which needs to be answered. Why in the big wide world were these people allowed in there in the first instance ? BW48

 

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